Livestock haulers’ hours of service comment period closes March 8

The best comments are those that are professional, concise and personal to the submitter.


Source: Livestock Marketing Association

via National Hog Farmer - Mar 07, 2019


The public comment period closes March 8 for a joint petition requesting a temporary modification of hours of service requirements for livestock, fish and bee haulers. The petition was filed on Oct. 15 by the Livestock Marketing Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association and the National Aquaculture Association.


“As of Wednesday, March 6, 198 comments have been posted on the Federal Register,” says Jara Settles, LMA general counsel. “LMA encourages interested parties to comment to tell their story and speak about how important safety is to the livestock industry as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will take public comments into consideration when deciding whether to allow livestock haulers more drive time.”


Under the current hours of service rules, drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours out of a 14-hour work day after which they are required to rest for 10 consecutive hours. Many livestock hauls are farther than 11 hours and it is inappropriate from an animal welfare perspective to leave livestock on a trailer while the driver takes the required rest. Unloading the livestock is also not practical as there are not facilities available along the majority of roadways to house livestock in-transit.


Joe Goggins, LMA transportation subcommittee member says, “We need a large volume of thoughtful comments to tell the story of why this flexibility is so important. It is only common sense that every producer should comment for extra drive time for (livestock) haulers.”


Comments can be submitted by visiting the website and searching for docket ID number FMCSA-2018-0334-0002.


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