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Rounds Statement on Welcome Delay of ELD Rule for Live-Load Truckers in Omnibus

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the inclusion of language to exempt live-load truckers from ELD rules for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 in the omnibus:


“I’m pleased that a delay to the ELD rule for live-load truckers was included in the omnibus spending bill currently being considered by the Senate,” said Rounds. “The ELD rule could have a significant impact on not only live-load truckers but the ag economy as a whole. I’ve been in contact with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Ray Martinez to discuss the concerns of live-load truckers. This will give us time to work with the industry and the administration to find an appropriate long-term solution to this issue.”


Text of the omnibus appropriations bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 was released last night. While Rounds and his staff continue to read and analyze the entire package, the inclusion of an additional delay of the ELD rule for live-load truckers is one of several encouraging provisions. The omnibus passed the House of Representatives earlier today, and a vote is expected in the Senate by the end of the week.