Source: National Pork Producers Council
Language supported by the National Pork Producers Council included in a funding bill approved this week by the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development would delay for one year a requirement that truckers hauling livestock use Electronic Logging Devices to track their hours of service.
The delay allows the livestock industry to work with the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to develop a more reasonable way to regulate the transportation of livestock as it pertains to the Hours of Service regulations, which limit driving time to 11 hours and “on-duty” time to 14 hours.
The FMCSA also released a new and favorable interpretation of an agriculture exemption intended to address shortcomings of the HOS rules. Based on the interpretation, commercial truck operators hauling livestock within a 150 air-mile radius of the source of an agricultural commodity (i.e. the location at which pigs are loaded on a truck) is exempt from the HOS rules and any distance-logging requirements.