Allison Rivera Says NCBA Seeks Flexibility on Hours of Service for ELDSFri, 06 Mar 2020 08:52:35 CST
On today's Beef Buzz, Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talks with Allison Rivera, Executive Director of Government Affairs for NCBA. She explains how the cattle industry is seeking more flexibility from the Department of Transportation on the hours of service requirements with the new Electronic Logging Devices.
Rivera said they have been successful in delaying full implementation of the ELD's for livestock haulers until Sept. 30, 2020.
Flexibility is imperative, Rivera said, because we're dealing with a live animal. There are not many places to stop alongside the road and offload cattle when the hours of service expire.
Until they get that flexibility, the NCBA and other ag groups, are pecking away at the regulation by asking for smaller exemptions.
For example, pending before Congress now is legislation proposing a 150-air mile exemption on the backside of the haul. The industry already has an exemption on the front end.
This provides us with another 2 to 3 hours of extra time, Rivera said.
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