CRAMER: STATEMENT ON ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES WAIVER
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced agricultural industries will receive a 90-day compliance waiver for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate:
“I am pleased the FMCSA has granted the agriculture industry a 90-day waiver. This extra time will allow the agency to fully consider the exemption requests that have poured in from the industry. I will keep pressure on the FMCSA and encourage our ag commodity haulers to voice their views to the agency as it reviews the exemption request.”
FMCSA also announced a delay in placing non-ELD compliant vehicles out-of-service until April 1, 2018. If a vehicle is stopped for inspection between December 18, 2017 and April 1, 2018, and it does not have an ELD, the driver will only be cited for not having an ELD, but will be allowed to continue driving. In addition, the violation will not impact the carrier’s safety percentiles.
In September, Congressman Cramer joined a majority of his colleagues in supporting the House appropriations package. The spending package included H.R. 3353, which contains report language that would instruct the Department of Transportation to analyze whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate. The package also prohibits any funds from being used to enforce the mandate on truckers transporting livestock. Cramer is also a cosponsor of H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act which would delay the ELD mandate for two years.