The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration is seeking input from agricultural haulers on the federal mandate for electronic logging devices.

The ELD rule, which went into effect for most commercial trucks Dec. 18, requires installation of the devices to log driving hours to ensure better compliance with existing hours of operation requirements. Truckers may only drive for 11 hours per day, after 10 hours off duty. 

“Truckers hauling livestock cannot pull over for a 10-hour break,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a statement. “It’s a health and welfare issue for animals; they need to get to their destination as quickly as possible.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation delayed the regulation for agricultural commodity transporters until March. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration is using the waiver period to develop additional guidance for agricultural haulers and get public comments.

Goehring is encouraging those involved in crop, livestock production and food manufacturing to submit comments before Feb. 20 at www.regulations.gov/, docket ID FMCSA–2017–0360.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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