On January 19, Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. and others in the potato industry urging them to reconsider certain portions of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule and to extend its temporary agricultural exemption for an additional nine months. The letter signed by NPC and 13 state potato organizations outlined the supply disruptions that are occurring in the trucking industry and urged the federal government to avoid any further contribution to the crisis.
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"Clearly there are issues with potato producers' ability to access an adequate supply of trucks. We strongly believe that DOT needs to understand the degree to which the ELD rule is contributing to those disruptions and avoid exacerbating them via federal regulation," said NPC CEO John Keeling.
As a remedial action, the letter urges the Department of Transportation to extend the current ELD exemption for truckers hauling agricultural commodities until December. That exemption is currently due to last only three months and expires on March 18th. The potato industry also identified certain deficiencies in the rule and urged DOT to extend the current comment period on various definitions so that they can more fully understand the regulatory disconnect.