Confused About the ELD Mandate? We Can Help.
Over the weekend, I was alerted to the issues and concerns revolving around the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate. On November 30th, the American Horse Council sent out a Washington Update to members on their efforts to address the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate.
The AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS).
Additionally, the AHC requested that the DOT address the significant problems with the mandate that will occur if the compliance deadline is not extended. The welfare, safety, and health of the animals in transit, together with the safety of other drivers on the road, are top priorities for the equine industry and its enthusiasts. The introduction of the ELD mandate has also brought to light concerns about Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) requirements from the entire equine community.
Drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive certain commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s) since April 1, 1992. That being said, a truck and trailer can be considered a commercial vehicle without the requirement that you obtain a CDL. The AHC would like to note that the requirements for a CDL or CMV classification have been in effect for quite some time, and are not new developments along with the ELD mandate. In an effort to help provide some clarity for both our members and the general equine industry, the AHC has put together two brochures:
“Electronic Logging Device Mandate: How Will It Affect You?” and “Commercial Driver’s License: How do I Know if I Need One?” Both are available as a .pdf on the AHC’s website here:http://www.horsecouncil.org/eld-mandate-cdl-requirements/
We encourage everyone to share this information, and please contact me or the AHC if you have any additional questions.
Eric J. Hamelback
CEO, The National HBPA
70 Corporate Drive - Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40503
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