ELD Ag Exemption in Place, but Not for Feed

While December 18, 2017, was the deadline for implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) final rule for truck drivers and vehicles – after that date all vehicles and drivers previously required to complete paper log books are required to have a grandfathers Automated On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) or ELD – feed companies do not benefit from a limited exemption, the American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) reports.

AFIA told its members there is a 90-day waiver from the ELD requirements for those moving “agricultural commodities,” defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules. While the exemption includes “livestock,” livestock feed is not part of the definition. AFIA was told by FMCSA that the key phrase in the formal definition is “non-processed” ag commodities, and the agency considers feed to be processed and to fall under the definition of “farm supplies,” not commodities. 

Said AFIA, however: “To ease the transition to ELDs, FMCSA’s partners at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance have announced a delay in placing non-ELD compliant vehicles out-of-service until April 1, 2018, which will allow more time for carriers and law enforcement to adjust to the new technology. FCMSA also announced that violations cited between now (December 18) and April 1, will not count against a carrier’s Safety Measurement System scores.”