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Hoeven Secures ELD for Livestock Haulers in Funding Bill
North Dakota Ag Connection - 06/08/2018

Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Thursday secured a provision in the Fiscal Year 2019 THUD funding legislation that directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to address concerns with electronic logging device (ELD) regulations for commercial motor carriers hauling livestock and insects. The language recognizes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's recent guidance and directs the DOT to consider the unique challenges associated with transporting live animals and agricultural commodities, while ensuring roadway safety.

Hoeven secured a delay in implementation in Fiscal Year 2018, and also worked with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to provide waivers from the ELD rule for agriculture transportation. Additionally, the senator continues working to pass bipartisan legislation to address agriculture producers' concerns and provide permanent relief and flexibility for livestock haulers under ELD and hours of service regulations.

"The current Hours of Service regulations do not work for livestock haulers in the real world. It puts unnecessary burdens on our ranchers and threatens the wellbeing of livestock. We secured language in the FY19 transportation funding bill that supports DOT's recent guidance provide additional time for us to put in place a permanent solution that works for our agriculture industry," said Hoeven.

"At the same time, the THUD funding bill supports important transportation infrastructure across North Dakota to help move forward vital projects. That includes improvements to roads, rail and airports, including the Williston airport project, as well as support for UAS research and development."

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