Peterson and Gianforte introduce bipartisan legislation to exempt certain truckers from ELD mandate

May 23, 2018 Issues: Transportation

WASHINGTON - Representatives Collin Peterson (MN-07) and Greg Gianforte (MT-At Large) have introduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation to relieve certain sectors of the trucking industry from the Federal Motor Carrier Association’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. 

The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 will completely exempt businesses which operate ten or fewer trucks from the requirements of the ELD mandate, and the Agricultural Business Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 will completely exempt agricultural businesses. 

“This legislation will eliminate costly and time-consuming regulations for small trucking companies and individual owner-operators, who constitute much of the rural trucking industry.” Peterson said. “In addition, it will help reduce unnecessary stops and delays which threaten the quality of agricultural products on their way to market.”

“Electronic logging devices are another layer of unnecessary red tape that continue to tie up truckers and puts livestock and Montana livelihoods at risk,” Gianforte said. “This measure is a step in the right direction as we reduce the burden this mandate places on Montana’s small trucking operations, farmers, and ranchers."

The ELD mandate requires commercial drivers who prepare hours-of-service records to connect an electronic logging device to a vehicle’s engine to record driving hours.