In December 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the final rule on ELDs – electronic logging devices. In general, these new regulations require commercial carriers to install ELDs to monitor hours of hauling. The American Horse Council published a press release today, November 30, 2017, pushing for a one year delay in implementation until it is clear how these regulations will impact the horse industry – http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/american-horse-council-efforts-address-eld-mandate/
As the regulations exist today, certain agricultural exemptions, will apply to short hauls within a 150-mile radius of the “source of the commodity.” Certainly, horses owned by incorporated and unincorporated business structures will be covered by these regulations; however, what is not clear is how these regulations will impact horse show industry competitors that are traveling in excess of the 150 miles to compete for monetary awards. See this fact sheet on agricultural exemptions. agr-exemption-factsheet
I’ll post additional information in future posts. This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.