FMCSA Announces 90 Day ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers

FMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities.   Details are here.  

The exemption expires March 18, 2018.  Carriers who haul agricultural commodities and farm supplies (as defined in 49 CFR 395.1(k)(1) have until that date to implement an ELD.

Carriers must have a satisfactory safety rating, and must carry a copy of the notice in each truck.

FMCSA Ask for Comments on Two Proposals

The first proposed regulatory guidance clarifies the “agricultural commodity” exception to the Hours of Service regulations.  Details and instructions are here. 

Clarifies drivers operating unladen vehicles traveling either to pick up an agricultural commodity, trips beyond 150 air-miles from the source of the agricultural commodity, whether grain elevators and/or livestock sale barns should be considered a “source” of agricultural commodities.


The second proposed regulation clarifies the use of Personal Conveyance by commercial drivers.  Details and instructions are here.    Personal conveyance is the use of an unladen Commercial Motor Vehicle for commuting, and is considered an Off Duty status.