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Neil Abt

Livestock haulers are likely to receive an additional waiver from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate while longer-term fixes are considered, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

A 90-day waiver issued in December is scheduled to expire on March 18. Three senators raised the livestock issue with Chao during an infrastructure funding hearing on March 1 held by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

“I’m very concerned about this issue,” Chao said in response to a question from to Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS).

One pending waiver request with DOT would offer livestock haulers a five-year exemption from the ELD mandate. The secretary hinted another shorter-term waiver was more likely, and stressed this was a problem with the hours-of-service rule that needs a permanent fix through legislation.

Moran said legislative efforts were underway, but it was unlikely something would be approved by March 18.

Chao told Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) she could not specify exactly when a decision would be made, but said she was “sympathetic” and understands the need for clarity.