The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have rolled out a new mandate on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for U.S commercial trucking operators. Dr. Casey. Reynolds, TPI’s Executive Director has presented this information to turfgrass producers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, and will be traveling to Minnesota in late-March. As with any new federal trucking law, enforcement questions have arisen at the state level which is one of the reasons the DOT is phasing this new rule in on a 3-year implementation timeline. TPI met with FMCSA official in Washington, D.C. last fall to discuss how this new mandate impacts sod haulers.
This information was presented in the January/February issue of Turf News to keep TPI members up-to-date on the latest information. If you have questions about how this new ELD mandate impacts sod haulers in your state, please contact Dr. Casey Reynolds at creynolds@TurfgrassSod.org and TPI will be happy to work with you on this issue.