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ELD exemption extended to October

Posted February 18, 2019

An exemption from electronic logging devices (ELDs) for drivers transporting livestock or insects has been given new life.

The recent omnibus appropriations bill that President Trump signed into law on Friday, February 15, extends the exemption through the end of the government’s fiscal year, through September 30, 2019.

The spending bill prohibits the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending any federal funds on enforcing the ELD mandate on drivers transporting livestock or insects, no matter how far they travel.

The term “livestock” includes cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, fish used for food, and other animals that are part of a foundation herd.

Though most long-haul interstate motor carriers were required to start using ELDs in place of paper logs on December 18, 2017, the FMCSA temporarily waived that requirement for drivers transporting livestock. Congress then stepped in and has kept the exemption alive through several stopgap spending bills.

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