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FMCSA Grants Exemption to Livestock Haulers

Thursday, June 12, 2014  
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After a yearlong effort, the Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference, in conjunction with a coalition of livestock organizations, secured a one year exemption for livestock haulers from the 30 minute rest break. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced their decision to exempt drivers of vehicles hauling livestock from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of on-duty time. Drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, within a 150-air mile radius of the source of those commodities who 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. 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.