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Livestock haulers still fighting for exemption

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Rempel, Favel Livestock Hauler (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jr-transport/5894901830)

The U.S. Department of Transportation officially suspended the rule, requiring livestock haulers to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their trucks. While this is welcome news from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there is still uncertainty for drivers.

Steve Hilker, chairman of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Transportation Committee and owner of Hilker Trucking, says they’ve been to Washington D.C. three time this year to educate elected officials and FMCSA on why electronic logging devices wouldn’t work in livestock transportation. Hilker says they’ve also had to deal with contentions from the American Trucking Association.

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