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ELD waiver for ag commodities expires June 18

Livestock haulers to remain exempt

Posted June 15, 2018

A temporary waiver from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for drivers transporting agricultural commodities is set to expire on Monday, June 18, 2018.

The waiver was first issued in December but was renewed for 90 days in March. It applies to “motor carriers transporting agricultural commodities under the provisions of 49 CFR 395.1(k)(1) … regardless of the distance traveled.”

Drivers using the ag exemption in Sec. 395.1(k) — which is not expiring — are already exempt from ELDs and all other hours-of-service rules, but only if they stay within a 150-air-mile radius. The waiver allowed them to avoid ELDs even when traveling outside that radius.

Because the waiver is expiring, drivers using the ag exemption and traveling outside the 150-air-mile radius will be expected to use an ELD starting June 19 unless eligible for some other ELD exemption.

Agricultural commodities include unprocessed food, feed, fiber, livestock, and insects. A separate ELD exemption for drivers transporting livestock and insects will remain in place through at least September 2018.

This article was written by Daren Hansen of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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