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FMCSA to Provide Exemption to Break Requirements for Drivers Hauling Livestock

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

The Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that drivers of vehicles hauling livestock will be granted a one-year exemption from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of a shift. This requirement is part of the current Hours-of-Service (HoS) rules for truck drivers to prevent fatigue-related crashes, although drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, within a 150-air mile radius of the source of those commodities are already exempt from the HoS rules and are not affected by this action. In 2013, FMCSA granted livestock haulers a 90-day waiver during the hot summer months with no adverse effects to safety. The exemption is in response to a National Pork Producers Council petition requesting the change to ensure the well being of livestock. To date, FMCSA has received four petitions for exemptions, which only address the 30 minute break requirement of the HoS rule, and this is the second to be granted.

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