TPI recently published an Application For Exemption directly to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for sod haulers to be included in current agriculture exemptions impacting hours of service (HOS) and electronic logging devices (ELDs). The FMCSA published has now published this request in the Federal Register, and it is vitally important that they hear directly from sod producers on how important these agricultural exemptions are to our industry. Please see the attached document for instructions on how to log on and provide comments. The public comment period closes on July 19, 2019. Please contact TPI Executive Director Casey Reynolds, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847)737-1846 if you need assistance.
For more information on this topic, please check out the featured story in the 2019 January/February Issue of Turf News. This story discusses the history behind the new federal mandates, the current lack of clarity around agriculture exemptions, and TPI’s action to resolve it.