The budget deal reached by lawmakers this week to thwart another government shutdown and to fund the government through the 2019 fiscal year includes a provision that allows drivers hauling livestock and insects to continue to run on paper logs — and without an electronic logging device — at least through Sept. 30.
The deal has been passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Trump, making the exemption official for at least 7 more months, though lawmakers could extend the exemption again or clear another piece of legislation specifying a longer-term fix for addressing livestock haulers’ quandary with hours of service regs and the ELD mandate.
Livestock and insect haulers have been exempt from the mandate from its onset, due to their need to ensure that the animals they’re hauling have access to food and water and proper temperatures when they stop to rest. The spending deal, which was made public by Senate and House lawmakers late Wednesday, forgoes enforcement of the ELD mandate for livestock and insect haulers through the bill’s expiration — Sept. 30, 2019.
The U.S. DOT is currently accepting public comments on a request for more lenient hours of service regs for operators hauling livestock.