Are You Exempt From The ELD Mandate?
MFBF To Host Workshop On March 6 To Answer Members’ Questions

In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, or, more commonly referred to as MAP-21. That bill, which also outlined the criteria for highway funding, included a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs).

In its simplest form, an electronic logging device — or ELD — is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper logbook some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.

In MAP-21, horses and livestock were specifically listed. It will impact any type of activity or hobby that requires a large vehicle and trailer and where there is the potential to win money in competitions.   The ELD Mandate requires that your vehicle must be fitted with a device under the following conditions:

  • Your vehicle is a commercial vehicle
  • Your activities fall outside of the exemptions allowed for agriculture and livestock transportation. Most who show horses or livestock will fall outside of the exemption requirements.
  • You are required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License due to the weight of your truck and trailer

Until March 17, 2018, drivers are excepted from using an ELD while transporting ag commodities under 391.5(k)(1) regardless of the distance. However, that date is fast approaching, and the new regulation can be confusing.

To help answer your questions about the ELD Mandate, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation is hosting a workshop presented by Steven Hanley, US DOT FMCSA federal program manager for Massachusetts.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: MFBF Office, 249 Lakeside Ave, Marlborough, MA 01752 (US Route 20, just East of I-495, Exit 21A)

Hanley will speak on the following topics:

  • The exemptions that agricultural previously enjoyed from the ELD Mandate;
  • How these exemptions changed under MAP-21; and
  • What are the exemptions moving forward.
  • He also will take questions from the crowd to help you gain a better understanding of how this could impact you and your business.

Cost: This workshop is free to all current Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation members. If you are not a member but would like to attend, you may do so for a $25 per person membership fee. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the office at 508-481-4766. PLEASE R.S.V.P. SO WE HAVE ROOM FOR EVERYONE BY USING THE LINK BELOW.

RSVP: To attend this event, please RSVP today by completing this form

No registration for non-members is complete until payment has been made. Payment will not be accepted at the door.

We encourage you to consider joining us on March 6 if you have any concerns about the ELD Mandate. If you cannot make the workshop on March 6, MFBF is planning on hosting one later in March. Please stay tuned for additional information on that workshop.