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ELD mandate meeting planned at stock show
News Staff - January 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Truckers hauling agriculture loads and livestock received an extension to comply with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) informed industry representatives that it issued a 90-day waiver of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate for all transporters of agricultural commodities, including livestock haulers. The 90-day period ends March 18, 2018.

What happens after that is still up in the air but compliance is expected on South Dakota roadways.  In that interest, members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol’s Motor Carrier Division will be answering questions at a public meeting during the Black Hills Stock Show.

Ron Jeffries, general manager of stock show, along with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association are hosting the meeting Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in the Rushmore Hall of the Civic Center beginning at 4:00pm

The notice published by the FMCSA includes a precise definition of the drivers who will receive the 90-day waiver. The definition of a livestock hauler will lean on a definition established in the 1980’s by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which defines livestock as “…cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry (including egg-producing poultry), fish used for food and other animals designated…that are part of a foundation herd or offspring.”

It is reported the waiver’s scope will be broader than that and extend to ag haulers who don’t haul livestock.

There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Associations.  It reported recently that up to a million trucks still do not have an ELD device. Sixty percent of fleets interviewed at the end of 2017 and the first weeks of 2018 had yet to switch from paper logs to ELD’s, or e-logs.

KBHB’s market analyst Clint Ridely has updated information regarding the etension of the ELD mandate and what may happen after the March 8th deadline - in a report currently airing on the Big 81.  That information and more will be available at the Wednesday meeting.

For the Big 18, I’m Francie Ganje

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