Tipton Applauds New ELD Agriculture Exemption
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) applauded the Department of Transportation (DOT) on its announcement of an additional 90-day Hours of Service (HOS) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) agriculture exemption.
The HOS ELD mandate requires commercial truck drivers to use electronic logging devices to monitor driving hours, so that they abide by current driving time regulations. A lack of clarity on required equipment and enforcement, as well as confusion about what types of vehicle movements would need to be recorded on the ELD has created compliance challenges for the agriculture industry.
“Raising and marketing agriculture products is the economic backbone of many communities across the United States, and especially in Colorado. The HOS ELD regulation is a one-size-fits-all mandate that places a disproportionate burden on farmers and ranchers in rural communities, and I am pleased to see that the DOT has issued an additional exemption,” said Tipton. “The hardworking people who feed our nation deserve certainty, so I urge the Department of Transportation to quickly issue more guidance on how the agriculture industry should move forward as it relates to the ELD mandate.”
At the beginning of the year, county commissioners from six counties in the San Luis Valley sent a letter to Tipton, urging him to write to the DOT and request a 5 year or permanent exemption from the HOS ELD mandate for agriculture products.
Prior to the expiration of the initial agriculture exemption on March 18, 2018, Tipton met with an official from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to discuss an extension of the exemption. Following that meeting, Tipton sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to formally request an additional exemption for agriculture producers from the HOS ELD mandate.
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