AQHA requests a one-year enforcement delay to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration electronic logging device mandate.
AQHA is involved with requests to delay enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for livestock haulers for one year. The mandate went into effect on December 18, 2017. At that time, livestock haulers were granted a 90-day waiver to comply with the mandate, and that waiver will expire March 18, 2018.
The rule limits the amount of time a commercial truck driver can drive and mandates a specific amount of off-duty/non-driving time, and requires the use of electronic logging devices to track the driving and non-driving times.
While there are some exemptions from the ELD mandate for farm and agricultural hauling, many of the rigs used for hauling horses and the activities horse owners participate in may not be exempt.
AQHA and other livestock organizations are concerned about the regulation requiring 10 consecutive hours off duty and how that will affect the welfare of animals being transported. Livestock industry guidelines recommend that drivers avoid stops when hauling livestock, as stopping for long periods of time could have a detrimental effect on the animals being hauled.