New bill aims to offer 'common sense solutions' for drivers hauling animals
Alice Mannette, The Hutchinson News (KS)
Mar 31, 2021
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall has cosponsored the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act, a bipartisan bill that would deliver much-needed flexibility for livestock and agricultural haulers.
Truckers who drive livestock and perishables are restricted in their hours on the road. Currently, livestock drivers cannot drive more than 11 consecutive hours, except during harvest, when the hours lengthen a bit. But livestock trucks must transport pigs, cows, poultry and milk year-round; not just during harvest and planting season.
Because truckers cannot drive more than 11 consecutive hours, they often do not take many stops. After 11 hours on the road, the driver is required to rest for ten hours.
Dirt roads, traffic or an accident may delay the driver, causing his living cargo to have to wait on the truck. If this happens, the driver would not make his/her destination and must find a place to unload the cattle. However, poultry and hogs must remain on the truck.
“Livestock and ag haulers have gone above and beyond to minimize disruptions in the food supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Marshall said in a release...