In 90 day’s, all truckers will have to have electronic logging devices in their semis.
An ELD monitors the hours they drive.
It’s a deadline local ranchers are saying is impossible to meet.
(Steve Brooks/Bowman Rancher) “I think it’s another rule that came out of Washington DC, somebody that does not understand the cattle industry.”
Steve Brooks doesn’t know how this is gonna work.
(Steve Brooks/Bowman Rancher) “So it actually would shut down a truck. So if a truck has a load of cattle on and your in the middle of Wyoming and your time runs out. That’s a way worse thing”
The DOT, and Motor carriers association, have made it mandatory all truckers, log hours electronically.
It’s meant to keep tired truckers off the roads.
But not all cargo is alike.
(Julie Ellingson/ND Stockmen’s Association) “It’s a big deal to those in the ag industry because unlike hauling cereal boxes or toilet paper, you have live animal cargo.”
Animal’s that need food and water.
As it stands, drivers have a 14-hour work period, while only 11 of those hours can be spent actually driving.
North Dakota is rural, and transporting livestock to feedlots in other states — is a long haul.
What also doesn’t make sense to Brook’s is that an ELD, doesn’t take into account loading time.
(Steve Brooks/Bowman Rancher) “Sometimes a truck goes out to a ranch and the cattle aren’t all sorted and ready to load yet, but they started counting when he left town on his hours. He sits there for 2 hours before he gets loaded he’s already lost 2 hours. Even though he’s not driving.”
Once a truck driver’s time has expired, there is a mandatory 10-hour break before they can drive again.
(Steve Brooks/Bowman Rancher) “If you can only go 12 hours and these cattle gotta be unloaded and for a certain amount of time and then loaded back up to go the last 2 hours of the trip. It doesn’t even make sense and it’s really a stupid rule.”
Ellingson says they’re just asking for a reasonable solution.
(Julie Ellingson/ND Stockmen’s Association) “To get from point A to point B safely, not only for our drivers and the others on the road but for the animals were hauling.”
And for that she say’s they need more time.
Ellignson says the Stockmen’s Association is grateful for the second extension.
It means talks with the DOT and Motor Carriers Association are working.
But she says it may take legislative strategy, for a possible livestock exemption.