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Congressman Brady and Rep. Bailes Release Joint Statement on ELD Mandate  print page

by: Rep. Bailes, Ernest
03/14/2018

Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (TX-08) and State Representative Ernest Bailes of Texas House District 18 met to discuss the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and its impact on the agriculture community. This mandate requires ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service records of duty status. Since the weight of pickup trucks has increased substantially since the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) requirements were created, many in the agriculture community are concerned that they are unnecessarily being caught up in this ELD mandate.

Representative Bailes, who is visiting Washington, D.C. to also speak with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) about thoughtful and practical solutions to this ELD mandate stated, “This mandate was intended to improve highway safety for commercial vehicles but has become a headache for local farmers, ranchers, and livestock and rodeo participants. We appreciate the time that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the DOT, has given this issue and we encourage them to continue to work with USDA to find a solution.”

Brady agreed, noting, “Farming, ranching, and showing livestock aren’t just jobs, they’re a way of life to thousands of Texans, and we can’t overlook that. Representative Bailes and I are making sure that Texas’ voice is being heard in Washington. Today, FMCSA announced they are granting the Agriculture industry another ninety-day temporary waiver from this mandate as they continue to work through a solution that works for the Agriculture community.”

In addition to the temporary waiver, FMCSA has also created online resources to assist the agriculture community that can be found at: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ag.

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