Livestock haulers could get further relief from the hours of service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations if a newly proposed bipartisan bill makes its way through the Senate.
On June 12, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act in an effort to reform the ELD and hours of service law. Additionally, the legislation would delay enforcement of the ELD until the reforms required under the bill are formally proposed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
A working group would be established with the Department of Transportation to help identify complications in the current regulations that impede safe, humane and market-efficient transport of livestock. The working group would have a year to develop guidelines for regulatory or legislative action to improve the transportation of livestock.
“The Livestock Marketing Association applauds Senators Hoeven and Bennet’s continued efforts to find bipartisan solutions for America’s livestock haulers. We believe that livestock haulers are some of the safest drivers in the country and we support additional flexibility to allow them to safely and efficiently transport America’s protein supply,” says newly elected LMA president, Tom Frey.