May 30, 2018
CCJ --- Enforcement of the Electronic Logging Device Mandate for drivers who transport agricultural commodities is just weeks away, with the six-month exemption ending on June 18.
FMCSA had announced in December that they were providing Ag Halers an additional three months – until March 18 – to adopt an ELD, but later extended the waiver until June 18.
While truckers who haul livestock and insects still have until the end of September to adopt an Electronic Logging Device, carriers hauling non-livestock ag commodities, such as produce, feed, and fertilizer must begin using an ELD to record the hours-of-service duty status by June 18.
Enforcement of ELDs will begin on June 19, and officers will begin issuing citations and out-of-service orders for non-compliance on that date, according to FMCSA.
Drivers who haul agricultural commodities within a 150-air-mile radius of their load’s source are still exempt from hours-of-service regulations, meaning that they do not have to adopt an ELD before the June 19 enforcement date. Only drivers who are required to keep records of duty status will need to comply with the ELD mandate.