The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has announced that it will provide agricultural carriers with an additional 90-day waiver to the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. The current waiver is scheduled to expire March 18, 2018. However, with FMCSA granting the additional 90-day waiver, agricultural carriers will be able to continue transporting under the ELD exemption until June 16, 2018.

Ken Gilliland

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:

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