ELD Mandate Information

The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to keeping you up-to-date with the latest news regarding the ELD Mandate.

To read more about the implementation of Electronic Logging Devices, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov and search “ELD Rule.”

The American Quarter Horse Association is concerned about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which went into effect on December 18, 2017. The rule limits the amount of time a commercial truck driver can drive and mandates a specific amount of off-duty/non-driving time, and requires the use of electronic logging devices to track the driving and non-driving times.  

Congress has extended the ELD exemption through December 7, 2018.

Below you will find information on AQHA's involvement regarding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and resources on how you can get involved.


View brochures created by the American Horse Council for more information on the Electronic Logging Device Mandate and Commercial Drivers Licenses.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef and Texas Cattle Feeders associations have created a document to be kept in your truck to help provide proof of your exemption from the electronic logging device mandate until March 18, 2018. March 18 is the date that the exemption for agriculture and livestock haulers expires. We wanted to also share this document with our members.


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ELD Exemption Extended

October 2, 2018 - Congress has sent a spending bill to the White House to avert an October 1 government shutdown and push the discussion regarding final appropriations until after the November elections. H.R. 6157 includes a continuing resolution that would extend funding for those agencies not covered by completed appropriations bills, including agriculture and transportation.

This will extend the electronic logging device (ELD) protections through December 7, 2018. The president has said he will sign this bill package to avert a shutdown. ... Continue reading

Congress Approves ELD Flexibility for Equine Industry
April 3, 2018 - Shortly after 12:30 a.m., on Friday, March 23, the United States Congress approved a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to fund federal government operations through September 30.  The 2,232-page bill includes several regulatory measures that will provide flexibility for the horse industry, most notably H-2B visa cap relief for seasonal, guest workers and a temporary enforcement exemption for the transportation of livestock from the electronic logging device (ELD) rule. The legislation also includes policy “riders” to defund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that will impact the equine sector and broader agriculture economy. ... Continue reading 

UPDATE! FMCSA Announces New ELD Waiver
March 14, 2018 - On March 13, the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industry and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device rule without impeding commerce or safety.

FMCSA is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture-related transportation. Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the agricultural 150 air-mile hours-of-service exemption and personal conveyance. ... Continue reading

ELD - Are You Prepared?
March 12, 2018 - The American Quarter Horse Association, alongside the American Horse Council and other organizations in the agriculture industry, are involved in requests to delay the impending Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration electronic logging device mandate. Currently, there is no indication of an extension. Therefore, AQHA urges members to be prepared for the mandate to go into effect on March 18. ... Continue reading 

FMCSA Responds to AHC Request
February 27, 2018 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with AHC staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification, by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License (CDL) regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry. The AHC is appreciative of the horse specific efforts that FMCSA have taken to quell the concerns of our recreational enthusiasts. ... Continue reading

American Horse Council
February 21, 2018 - The American Horse Council met with Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Deputy Administrator and leadership team this week in response to a letter sent to Secretary Chao on January 28, 2018. AHC staff went to DOT headquarters to raise the industry’s concerns and solicit clarification on how the existing regulations should be interpreted, and how those interpretations are affecting the horse industry. ... Continue reading

Contact Your Representative to Suspend the ELD Mandate
January 26, 2018 - Currently there is language in the House passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill that would delay the implementation of electronic logging devices for commercial motor vehicles transporting livestock and insects. Please contact your Senators and Representative to support the ELD one-year delay to give the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration time to make the necessary adjustments to hours of service rules to address animal welfare concerns ... Continue reading

AQHA Encourages One-Year Enforcement Delay
December 4, 2017 “AQHA members are involved in showing, racing, ranching, rodeos and recreation, and it is common for AQHA members to haul their horses interstate over long distances (much like other livestock haulers),” Huffhines said in his letter to the DOT. “We encourage the Department of Transportation to grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017, implementation date for the final rule on ELDs and hours of service. This will allow the department the opportunity to take appropriate steps to alleviate any unintended consequences that this mandate may have on the hauling of horses or other livestock.” ... Continue reading