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Legislation to loosen trucking regulations introduced


News Staff - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Multiple ag, trucking organizations and haulers are applauding the introduction of legislation that would provide livestock haulers more flexibility from hours-of-service (HOS) rules.

The HAULS Act, introduced by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, would add a 150 air-mile exemption to HOS regulations to the backend of hauls for those transporting livestock or ag commodities. It also eliminates the seasonal harvest requirements for the agriculture hours-of-service exemption, making the exemption available year-round in all states.

“Nebraska plays an integral role in the U.S. beef production chain as a top state for commercial cattle slaughter, all cattle on feed, commercial red meat production, and livestock cash receipts," says Ken Herz, president of Nebraska Cattlemen. "Unfortunately, current federal regulations fail to account for the intricacies involved with hauling live animals. The HAULS Act would help mitigate situations where a hauler is forced to choose between compliance with federal law or the health and welfare of the livestock on board." 

Marty Smith who heads the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said, "For years livestock haulers and producers were unduly burdened with Hours Of Service regulations that do not take into account the unique difficulties that these drivers face every day. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further illustrated how important it is to allow these drivers to quickly and safely reach their destinations, and in turn keep grocery store shelves stocked with beef.

 



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