Farm Journal has recently released an article written by Jennifer Shike on an approved extension of the exemption of hours-to-service requirements for livestock haulers through the end of November by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The announcement made on Aug. 31 will allow livestock haulers flexibility to promote the well-being of livestock during hauls, and to keep grocery stores stocked, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) said in a release.
Livestock haulers have been operating under an HOS exemption since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining a strong safety record.
Current HOS rules allow for 11 hours of drive time, 14 hours of on-duty time, and then require 10 consecutive hours of rest.
“When transporting livestock, there is a real need for further flexibility beyond the current hours-of-service. Unlike drivers moving consumer goods, livestock haulers cannot simply idle or unload their trucks when drive time hours run out without jeopardizing animal health and welfare,” NCBA said in a release.
Full article HERE
Hours of Services Waivers Extended for Livestock Haulers