Electronic logging device and hours of service requirements for agricultural transporters

On Dec. 18, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and Hours of Service (HOS) is set to go into effect. The final rule, which was issued in late 2015, could have a significant impact on the livestock industry and livestock haulers even with some exemptions that exist to relieve the burden on livestock transporters. The new rule will require truck drivers to use electronic logging devices instead of paper logs to track their driving hours starting Dec. 18. The devices connect to the vehicle's engine and automatically record driving hours.

Transporters of agricultural commodities and livestock have been granted an initial 90-day waiver from compliance of the rule, and AFBF continues to work on behalf of livestock transporters to obtain a permanent exemption from the rule. We'll work to keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

The Kansas Farm Bureau’s Legal Foundation has resources on transportation issues in agriculture here, including information regarding electronic logging devices and hours of service requirements.