Electronic Logging Device Mandate: New Laws For Hauling Horses

The Electronic Logging Device mandate went into effect on December 18, 2017. This mandate has caused confusion across the livestock industry, including how it affects the transportation of horses. It’s important to know what the ELD mandate requires, how it affects horse haulers, and exemptions from the ELD requirement for the horse industry.

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The ELD records drive time and alerts the driver when he or she is over their hours; any infractions are recorded by the ELD and can be viewed during an inspection. Drivers found to be in violation during inspection or traffic stop can be fined.

The new ELD mandate requires that the vehicle used for hauling be fitted with the device under the following conditions:

  • The vehicle used in hauling is a commercial vehicle
  • Hauling activities fall outside of the exemptions for livestock and/or agriculture transport (it is important to note that the majority of the show industry will fall outside of this exemption.)
  • The driver is required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) due to the combined weight of the truck and trailer.

Agriculture exemptions can be found here.

A full list of exemptions can be found here.

CLD’s, CMV’s, EDL’s and other confusing terms:

CMV – Commercial motor vehicle
CLD- Commercial Drivers Licence
ELD – Electronic Logging Device


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