Hours-of-Service Exemption for Livestock Haulers Extended

Dan Cattle, Livestock

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Tuesday they’ve extended the exemption from hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for livestock haulers. This extension comes after consistent advocacy by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), who says livestock haulers continue to need the flexibility for the well-being of livestock during hauls, and to keep grocery stores stocked with beef during the continued disruption of …

Florida farmers

Hours of Service Mandate Extended Through May

Dan Labor and Immigration

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced the Hours-of-Service (HOS) was extended once again. The current extension of the emergency declaration was set to expire on February 28, 2021, but the new extension takes it through the month of May. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera notes this …

Florida farmers

New Hours of Service Legislation Introduced

Dan Cattle

At the end of October, new bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House that would provide flexible and common-sense relief from Hours of Service (HOS) rules for agricultural haulers. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the introduction of HR 4919, The Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act. It would ensure that the current HOS exemption that applies to the …

Livestock Groups ask for Additional HOS Rule Flexibility

Dan Cattle, Livestock

Organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country recently submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. Current rules limit drive time to 11 hours and limit on-duty hours to 14. Instead, the organizations request that livestock haulers be granted approval to drive up to 15 hours. National …

New Hours of Service Bill in U.S. Senate

Dan Cattle, Livestock

Last week, a new bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that basically reforms federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety and the well-being of livestock haulers. The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act was introduced by 10 senators. Allison Rivera, executive director of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association …