The ELD Extension Act of 2017 was introduced in the House on July 18 by Texas Representative Brian Babin. It is an amendment to the 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, HR3354. It’s known as the THUD bill. Initially only supported by Babin and a few other co-sponsors, support has steadily grown to 43 House co-sponsors.
The bill would push back the December 18, 2017 compliance date to December 2019. On July 17, the House Committee on Appropriations voted on the THUD bill and voted 31-20 to report the bill to the full House for consideration.
Accompanying the bill is a report outlining the members’ opinions, stating “In light of the heavy burden of this mandate, especially on small carriers, the Committee directs the Department (of Transportation) to analyze whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate and, if so, what options DOT has within its statutory authority to provide temporary regulatory relief until all ELD implementation challenges can be resolved.”