Livestock trucker HOS waiver extended

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the waiver for commercial truckers’ federal Hours of Service regulation to February 28th of next year.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) thanked the FMCSA, the Biden Administration and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg for the extension, saying it ensures livestock truckers can get hogs to market safely and efficiently and makes sure truckers hauling feed can get those essential supplies to farms. The waiver was previously going to run out November 30th.

The rule limits truckers to 11 hours of driving time and 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time in any 24-hour period and requires prescribed rest periods.

“A provision in the infrastructure bill recently signed into law expanded the miles agricultural truckers can drive without the HOS restrictions. Drivers hauling livestock already were exempt from the HOS rule for the first 150 air miles of their runs. Now they also will be exempt from HOS rules for the final 150 air miles from their final destination, providing additional flexibility to ensure drivers can safely complete their deliveries while protecting other drivers and ensuring the welfare of the animals in their care.”

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