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Bipartisan Senate Letter Calls for Delayed Implementation of Electronic Logging Devices for Livestock Haulers

Monday, December 11, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) sent a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership calling for delayed implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for commercial motor vehicles transporting livestock. The letter urges Senate leadership to support inclusion in the final Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill of a provision in the U.S. House-passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that would delay implementation of ELDs and provide the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) time to make the necessary adjustments to hours of service rules to address animal welfare concerns.

"Long distance transportation is often the most stressful event in a livestock animal's life and it is impractical and inhumane to stop, offload multiples times, or significantly delay delivery of these animals," the senators wrote. The letter contends that while some commercial operators without live cargo may have the ability to more easily transition from paper logbooks to ELDs, the pending mandate will have negative consequences on livestock haulers, hindering their ability to humanely deliver healthy livestock. FMCSA last month granted a 90-day waiver to exempt truck drivers hauling agriculture commodities from the December 18 ELD implementation deadline, but did not provide assurances of relief beyond the 90-day period.

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