LINCOLN, NE (March 13,
2018) - Nebraska Cattlemen is pleased to announce that the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the Electronic Logging
Device (ELD) mandate exemption for ag haulers by an additional 90
days. This delays the compliance date until June 18, 2018 for drivers
hauling agricultural products, including livestock.
ELD mandate and underlying hours of service have caused a great deal of
consternation among Nebraska's cattle industry. On February 13, 2018,
Nebraska Cattlemen met with FMCSA in Senator Deb Fischer's D.C. office to
discuss the need for increased flexibility to account for the uniqueness of
Cattlemen applauds the Agency for making the right determination that the
ELD mandate is not ready for primetime with respect to livestock haulers.
In addition to compliance issues and lack of Agency outreach, we remain
deeply concerned that the underlying hours of service limitations pose
serious consequences on the health and welfare of live animals," said
Galen Frenzen, President of Nebraska Cattlemen.
an integral role in the beef production chain, which includes diversified
farms and ranches that span the entire United States. Beef cattle are
born and raised in every state in the country; however, the vast majority
of feed yards and processing facilities are located in the Midwest and
Great Plains. As a result, almost all beef cattle are shipped much
farther than 150 miles from the farm or ranch where they originated.
recognized and scientifically proven Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program
outlines numerous safety protocols for transporting livestock, including
the recommendation to avoid stopping the vehicle. This can be
dangerous for livestock, especially during the summer months when high
temperatures and humidity can be stressful on cattle. BQA makes a
similar recommendation regarding cold and windy conditions.
livestock industry also has an excellent record of public safety.
Major studies reviewed by the U.S. Department of Transportation illustrate
that livestock hauling-related injuries and fatalities are exceptionally
- Of 1,123 accidents involving
trucks hauling cargo, a mere 5 involved the transportation of
livestock - Large Truck Crash Causation Study, FMCSA and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Institute
- 20 out of 4,352 - 2008 Center for
National Truck and Bus Statistics at the University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (TIFA study)
- FMCSA relied on the TIFA study in
its decision to exempt livestock haulers from the 30-minute break rule
under HOS, citing the low number of fatal crashes for an industry that
includes 66,316 active livestock carriers.
Hauling livestock is very different than
hauling any other commodity. Nebraska Cattlemen will continue to work
with FMCSA and Congress to develop livestock specific solutions to the
underlying hours of service concerns while still maintaining safety of our
Reminder: livestock haulers operating under
this exemption will need to keep a copy of the federal register notice in
their trucks at all times. Please use this form for now. We will update our members
when the federal register notice accounting for the new delay is issued.
Nebraska Cattlemen will also be hosting an
exclusive webinar on ELD compliance for members on March 20, 2018. Please check www.nebraskacattlemen.org for more details on how to