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Public meetings set during stock show on ELD regulations


News Staff - January 19, 2018

RAPID CITY, SD – Following two years since the passage of new trucking regulations that allowed for a 24 month compliance time-frame,  states like South Dakota and agricultural and industrial interests found themselves unprepared for the actual implementation – which had been determined as January 2018.

Faced with push back from organizations and individuals who either want the law repealed or more time to get in compliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a 90 day waiver  that ends on March 18, 2018, to give truckers and companies even more time to implement the Electronic Loggiing Devise (ELD) mandate that is a switch from paper logs to ELD’s, or e-logs.

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) and the Black Hills Stock Show will host two informational meetings during the 60th Annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo on the ELD regulations. 

"We're going to keep working on amendments to these rules to make it easier for agriculture haulers to comply, but the reality is that these rules are likely not going away," said Gary Deering, SDSGA  president.

Among the criticisms is the cost.  The devices are available for around $100 with the top end described as basically whatever a person wants to spend.  In addition, there is a $20 per month prescription service fee. Some large trucking companies will have a device that tracks all their trucks and tells fleet managers how many hours that engine ran and where they went. Some can even track shipments and help facilitate billing. Some will use the device as a fleet management tool.

John Broers, commander of the State Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Division and members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol will be in attendance at the public meetings to answer questions and explain enforcement of the trucking regulations in the state.

In response to the ELD mandate as another example of over-regulations, Broers says that for his department, it’s a matter of educating users.   “It’s the same regulations as before, with no changes in how long they can drive. These devices will aid the accuracy of timekeeping and they will make the record more accurate.,” explains Broers. “Our priority is accuracy. Sometimes when a new regulation comes out, everybody has their own version. Our desire is to ensure accuracy in what the regulations actually are.”

Deering said, "With the Highway Patrol coming to this meeting, we hope that everyone can get specific details on how the trucking regulations will affect them so we can get away from the rumors that are circulating.”

Ron Jeffries, general manager of the Black Hills Stock Show and Central States Fair, says events such as stock show – where big rigs are hauling in livestock, equipment, feed and other supplies – serves as backdrop to the ELD debate. "We know that the ELD mandate is bringing a lot of concern and confusion to folks who are hauling livestock to sales and events like the Black Hills Stock Show for exhibitions and rodeo performances. We invite those folks to join us for these meetings to find out how these rules will apply to their specific situations," says Jeffries.

The public is invited to attend the meetings set for Tuesday, January 23, 2018  at the Central States Fairgrounds beginning at 10:30am and on Wednesday, January 31  at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD, getting underway at 4:00pm

Deering ads,  "If you want to know specifics of how these rules affect you and what you need to do to comply, please make the time to attend one of these information sessions."

For more information on the new ELD regulations and exemptions,  go online at fmcsa.dot.gov.

 For more information on the meetings, contact South Dakota Stockgrowers at 605-342-0429 or the Black Hills Stock Show at 605-355-3861



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