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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Provide Exemptions for Livestock Haulers

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of senators last week introduced legislation that would exempt livestock haulers from certain "hours of service" (HOS) rules required by the Department of Transportation. The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act would exempt loading and unloading times from the HOS calculation of driving time and would extend the HOS on-duty time maximum hour requirement from 11 hours to 18 hours, with a minimum on-duty time of 15 hours. The bill also would grant flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against HOS time and would allow drivers to complete their trip, regardless of HOS requirements, if they come within 150-air miles of their delivery point, among other exemptions.

On December 18, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) required commercial vehicle drivers to install an electronic logging device (ELD) in their truck to track compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) rules. FMCSA exempted livestock haulers from this requirement until March 18, 2018, and a congressional delay has extended the exemption through September 30, 2018.

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