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Gianforte, Peterson Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Exempt Truckers From ELD Mandate

March 12, 2019
Press Release

Congressmen Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) reintroduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation to relieve certain sectors of the trucking industry from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. 

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

“Electronic logging devices are more Washington red tape that ties up truckers and puts livestock and Montana livelihoods at risk,” Gianforte said. “These bills will help reduce the unnecessary burden this federal mandate pushes onto Montana’s small trucking operations, farmers, and ranchers.”

“This important legislation will eliminate regulations for small trucking companies and will help reduce unnecessary stops and delays which threaten the agricultural products they help to transport,” said Peterson. “These bills are a win for small businesses in rural America and our farmers.”

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.