Exemption for livestock haulers renewed

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The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has decided to renew livestock haulers’ exemption of the 30-minute break required by current hours-of-serviceregulations.

FMCSA renews exemption for livestock haulers

The ag haulers’ leg of the American Trucking Associations requested the exemption be renewed to “enable the drivers to safeguard the health of livestock during long-haul deliveries without having to take the rest break,” according to the exemption application.

The exemption has been renewed for two years, through June 12, 2017.

FMCSA estimates there are about 250,000 drivers in the U.S. who haul livestock, but approximately 145,000 of those drivers are deemed short-haul drivers, who are already exempt from the break provision. So, FMCSA says, the exemption applies to fewer than 135,000 drivers.