MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate committees to hear the effects of new ELD rule on Tennessee’s agricultural community

NASHVILLE, (January 26, 2018) – The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee will meet jointly with the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, January 30 to hear from officials of the Tennessee Department of Safety and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration about the effect of the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) on the state’s agricultural community.

The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee is chaired by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), while the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is chaired by Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown).

The new federal rule requires an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to be installed in any commercial vehicle.  These devices track the amount of time a driver can drive.  This new mandate has caused much confusion and concern within the agricultural community regarding the effects it will have on livestock and farm haulers.  These issues will be discussed at the meeting.  It will be live streamed on the General Assembly’s website at:   http://www.capitol.tn.gov/ at 1:30.

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WHO: Joint Meeting of the Transportation and Safety Committee and the Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee

WHAT: Presentations on new ELD rule and its effect on Tennessee’s farm communities

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30, at 1:30 p.m. CST

WHERE: Senate Hearing Room 1, Cordell Hull Building, Nashville, TN

Posted in Members, News, Sen. Paul Bailey

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