March 13, 2018

FMSCA Announces 90-Day Waiver from ELD Rule for Agriculture

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.

Under the waiver, carriers transporting agricultural commodities will not be required to utilize an ELD and may continue to use paper logs. The carrier will not need to record their hours of service using the paper log until they exceed a 150 air-mile radius from the source of the agricultural commodity.

The exemption, however, does not cover a carrier returning with a non-agricultural load. A carrier operating as such must be in compliance with the ELD mandate.

We will continue to update members on any future developments.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Ken Gilliland at (949) 885-2267.