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Meat Institute Signs Petition Requesting Waiver for Livestock Carriers from Electronic Logging Devices Final Rule

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute, along with the National Pork Producers Council and other associations, petitioned the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to grant a waiver followed by a limited exemption for livestock haulers from the December 18, 2017, implementation date for the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and Hours of Service (HOS) Final Rule . The final rule requires all motor carriers and drivers who currently keep records of duty status on paper to install and use an ELD by December 18, 2017. The petition states livestock haulers are not prepared to meet the December 18 compliance date, and contends there is a significant lack of education and awareness by livestock haulers and the producers they service regarding the final rule, current exemptions and use of ELDs.

The petition also urges DOT and FMCSA to take action to address the incompatibilities between HOS rules and the livestock industry, citing concerns that the ELD mandate is worsening already severe driver shortages and endangering the health and welfare of animals transported by livestock carriers daily. The ELD retail marketplace does not clearly support the needs of livestock haulers and questions remain regarding whether current ELD devices can accommodate HOS exemptions utilized by the livestock industry, the petition argues.

The Meat Institute last week also signed a multi-association letter encouraging members of Congress to adopt a provision in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Act of 2018 that would delay by one year implementation of the ELD enforcement date for livestock and insect haulers.

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