Senators seek additional reform for livestock haulers

Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act creates working group at DOT to address hours of service and electronic logging mandates.


Jacqui Fatka, BEEF Magazine 

Mar 30, 2021


A bipartisan group of senators reintroduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act, legislation to reform the Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Device regulations at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Further, the bill would delay enforcement of the ELD rule until the required reforms are formally proposed by the transportation secretary.


The bill follows successful efforts through the appropriations process to secure delays of the ELD rule in fiscal years 2018-2021.


“We’ve worked to provide needed certainty and flexibility to our agricultural haulers under the HOS and ELD regulations so that they can get their products to market safely and efficiently,” says lead sponsor Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. “This legislation builds on our efforts, establishing a process to address unnecessary burdens under these regulations and advance reforms based on the input of agriculture producers, while also ensuring roadway safety is maintained.”


Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., says he looks forward to working with his colleagues to give “farmers and ranchers a seat at the table as we push for more sensible rules around the transportation of agricultural goods.”


Specifically, the bill would...