Congress clears bill exempting livestock haulers from ELD mandate through September; Trump may veto

November 30, -0001 James Jaillet

Both chambers of Congress on Thursday passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that allows livestock haulers to run without electronic logging devices through the end of September. The bill has now been sent to the White House for President Trump’s signature. However, in an early morning tweet on Friday, Trump says he’s considering vetoing the legislation over its lack of funding for a border wall and lack of action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as the Dreamers program.

He announced earlier this week he would sign the bill if it passed Congress.

Unlike two ELD waivers issued by FMCSA to livestock haulers, Congress’ 2018 spending package does not grant an ELD exemption to truckers who haul agricultural commodities. Ag haulers will still need to adopt an ELD by June 18. Under  livestock haulers and insect haulers will have until the end of the 2018 fiscal year to switch from paper logs.

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