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Jacqui Fatka

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced March 13 additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industry and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the congressionally mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety.

The agency is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture-related transportation. Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the 150 air-mile hours-of-service agricultural exemption and personal conveyance. FMCSA said it will continue its outreach to provide assistance to the agriculture industry and community regarding the ELD rule.

A DOT rule issued in 2015 required truckers of commercial vehicles involved in interstate commerce to replace their paper driving logs with ELDs by Dec. 18, 2017.

In September 2017, agricultural groups petitioned the agency for a waiver and exemption from the requirement, and DOT provided an initial 90-day waiver – until March 18 – from the mandate for livestock haulers. A final decision on the request for an exemption still is pending.