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Agriculture Groups Seek Exemptions from Certain Hours-of-Service Requirements

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Livestock Marketing Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association and National Aquaculture Association filed a joint application for an exemption from certain provisions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours-of-service (HOS) rules. The applicants seek an exemption from the HOS requirements that limit the maximum driving hours for property-carrying drivers to 11 and limit the duty period for those drivers to 14 consecutive hours. Specifically, the applicants are requesting that after 10 consecutive hours off duty, livestock haulers would be permitted to drive through the 16th consecutive hour after coming on duty and to drive a total of 15 hours during that 16-hour period. Comments on the joint application exemption request are due to FMCSA by March 8, 2019. The Meat Institute will submit comments in response to the exemption request. Members interested in providing input should contact Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Tiffany Lee by March 1.

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