- Provides that hours of service and ELD requirements are inapplicable until after a driver travels more than 300-air miles from their source. Drive time for hours of service purposes does not start until after 300-air mile threshold.
- Exempts loading and unloading times from the hours of service calculation of driving time.
- Extends the hours of service on-duty time maximum hour requirement from 11 hours to a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 18 hours of on-duty time.
- Grants flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against hours of service time.
- Allows drivers to complete their trip – regardless of hours of service requirements – if they come within 150-air miles of their delivery point.
- After the driver completes his or her delivery and the truck is unloaded, the driver will take a break for a period that is 5 hours less than the maximum on-duty time (10 hours if a 15-hour drive time).
SD Stockgrowers News
|SD Stockgrowers Applaud Thune’s Drought Data Legislation|
|South Dakota Stockgrowers Association applaud Senator John Thune for introducing the Improved Soil Moisture and Precipitation Monitoring Act of 2018 this week. As the title indicates, the legislation seeks to improve monitoring and consistency of rainfall data used by various USDA agencies in determining eligibility for drought resources, and grazing conditions on federally managed lands.
According to Linda Gilbert, a rancher from Buffalo, “We really appreciate that Senator Thune took the time to meet with producers during his visit to Rapid City, and we are excited to see this legislation. More reporting stations and a consistent method for analyzing it will address one of the big concerns we’ve had data being used by USDA when it comes to our emergency and insurance programs. We thank the Senator for his attention and action on this important issue. This is a huge step in the right direction.”
“It’s great that Senator Thune acted so quickly after we talked with him,” said Mark Tubbs, SD Stockgrowers Director from Edgemont. “The last two years have been a devastating drought for us here in northwest Fall River County,and due to the lack of accurate rainfall data and discrepancies between agencies within USDA, we haven’t been able to collect our drought insurance, or have access to drought disaster programs even during the worst of the drought. I hope that this legislation can help us solve some of the frustrations we’ve had.”
“The ongoing issue of rainfall reporting, and the collection and analysis of rainfall data is a serious issue for farmers and ranchers. We thank Senator Thune for listening and taking our input to put forward a bill that seeks real solutions,” said Silvia Christen, SD Stockgrowers Executive Director.
According to a press release from Senator John Thune, the Improved Soil Moisture and Precipitation Monitoring Act would:
Grant the secretary of agriculture the discretion to improve soil moisture monitoring by increasing the number of monitoring stations or by utilizing other appropriate cost-effective soil moisture measuring devices;