Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota

Fixing Trucking Regulations for Livestock Transporters

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced bipartisan legislation to ease the burden of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations set to go into effect for livestock and insect haulers later this year.

After leading a bipartisan effort to get a delay in the new ELD rules signed into law, Senator Heitkamp and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act to address the concerns of livestock haulers and the agriculture producers who rely on them to safely and quickly transport their goods.

Senator Heitkamp has heard concerns from many North Dakotans about the new ELD rules and has been fighting for clarity and common sense in the regulations.

The TLAAS Act attempts to address problems with the trucking rules and ease the burden of these regulations for haulers of livestock or insects by:

  • Increasing the distance transporters must travel before needing to comply with the hours of service (HOS) and ELD rules. The drive time for HOS purposes would not start until after the 300 air mile threshold is reached, an increase from 150 air miles.
  • Exempting loading and unloading times from the HOS calculation of driving time.
  • Extending the HOS on-duty time maximum hour requirement from 11 hours to a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 18 hours of on-duty time.
  • Granting flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against HOS time.
  • Allowing drivers to complete their trip – regardless of HOS requirements – if they come within 150 air miles of their delivery point.

Cosponsors of the legislation include U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Senator Heitkamp also recently sent a bipartisan letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pushing the agency to improve regulations and address issues within HOS regulations for all drivers, including long-haul drivers, short-haul drivers, agricultural and livestock haulers.