Western Growers filed comments with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today for broad interstate commerce agricultural exemption involving the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and Hours of Service.

The comments include a request to make permanent the exemption to ELDs when the carrier is transporting agricultural commodities, and also requests a broader definition of the 150 mile air-radius that applies the source.

Ken Gilliland

Since the implementation of the ELD mandate for interstate commerce on December 18, 2017, agriculture carriers continue to operate under a temporary partial exemption, pending a formal resolution from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is currently accepting comments. Western Growers is finalizing its further comments, which will be filed before the February 20, 2018, deadline.

Starting in early November 2017, in order to ensure that Western Growers members secure the best flexibility under the ELD mandate, the following steps have been taken:

Ken Gilliland

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD’s) rule is scheduled to go into effect on December 18, 2017, requiring commercial drivers to maintain hours-of-service logs electronically instead of using handwritten logs. However, in recent days, FMCSA has announced a 90-day waiver from the ELD requirement for agriculture, pending the publication of formal guidance to the agricultural industry in the Federal Register.

Ken Gilliland

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