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Electronic Logging Device Mandate Delayed, But Here's What Horse Haulers Need To Know

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Trailers line up at the Tewksbury Trail Association Trail Pace. New rules regarding electronic logging devices for commercial horse haulers, are now set to go into effect in March, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted a 90-day extension of new electronic logging device requirements as it applies to agricultural haulers, including horse transporters. Horsemen have until mid-March to comply unless another extension is granted.

The American Horse Council (AHC) and other equestrian and livestock groups had requested a one-year extension.

For other commercial drivers the rule went into effect on Dec. 18.

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Many horse operations and competitions are in rural areas, routinely requiring long, and repeated, trips. These animals, when loaded onto trailers, are vulnerable to changes in temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Horse haulers are accustomed to managing these changing conditions through planning, log books and notations in those books. These planning techniques have adapted and evolved over decades as technology has improved. Unfortunately, the quick transition to ELDs does not allow for the natural trial and error process to adequately meet the needs of the horse industry, according to the AHC.

Contact Cliff Williamson at the American Horse Council with questions or comments at 202-296-4031 or at cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org.

In the meantime, the AHC has created two brochures: one further explaining how the mandate could affect horse haulers and one on commercial driver's licenses as it pertains to the horse business.

See them at: 

ELD Mandates: How Will They Affect You

Commercial Driver's Licenses: How Do I Know If I Need Him

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