Release: Rounds Statement on Additional Delay of ELD Rules for Agriculture Commodities

Rounds Statement on Additional Delay of ELD Rules for Agriculture Commodities

Department of Transportation today announced additional 90-day delay 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) decision to issue an additional 90-day delay of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rules for live-load truckers. Originally scheduled to take effect in December 2017, today’s announcement delays implementation until June 17, 2018.

“I thank Secretary Chao and other DoT officials for recognizing the need for additional time to continue to seek stakeholder input regarding the ELD rules for live-load truckers. These new rules could have a significant impact on not only live-load truckers but the ag economy as a whole. I will continue to keep a close watch on the issue.”

Last fall, Rounds joined a number of South Dakota truckers in Washington, D.C., to discuss these concerns with DoT officials. Since then, he has participated in multiple conversations with Secretary Chao, as well as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Ray Martinez, regarding the concerns of live-load truckers.

The ‘grace period’ for non-ag carriers, in which citations for failing to be ELD-compliant will not count against carriers’ Safety Measurement System scores, will expire as planned on April 1, 2018. Additionally, non-ELD compliant vehicles will not be able to remain in service at that time.

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3 Replies to “Release: Rounds Statement on Additional Delay of ELD Rules for Agriculture Commodities”

  1. JY

    So are they realizing that the ELD has just a few flaws? I really wish Washington would start listening to the people back home in the ground. I had multiple meetings with groups on Washington on this matter. Discussing these very issues, urging them to hold off on the ELD implementation.

    1. Gail Brock

      Thank you JY for your hard work. Washington does not listen and we are fortunate in South Dakota to have Senator Rounds and Rep. Noem on our side on this issue. The responses a few weeks ago on this issue were so filled with
      inaccuracies, I didn’t bother to respond. However, once again, this issue is like so many, “follow the money”.


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