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DOT Extends Waiver on Hours-of-Service Rule

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a two-year waiver to hog, cattle and poultry farmers from the hours-of-service rule for certain truck drivers. The rule, issued in 2013, requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight hours of service, and would have prohibited drivers hauling livestock and poultry from caring for the animals during their rest periods. Livestock organizations contended that the rule would cause livestock producers and their drivers irreparable harm, place the health and welfare of the animals in their care at risk and provide no apparent increased benefit to public safety. The organizations further asserted that the livestock and poultry industries have programs in place to inform drivers about transportation safety and animal welfare. The two-year waiver extension is the maximum allowable under federal law, and takes effect June 12, 2015.

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