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Published June 10, 2014, 02:21 PM

DOT livestock transportation exemption granted

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a one-year exemption to drivers transporting livestock and poultry from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of a shift.

By: Agweek staff report,

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a one-year exemption to drivers transporting livestock and poultry from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of a shift.

This requirement is part of the current Hours-of-Service (HoS) rules for truck drivers.

In 2013, FMCSA granted livestock haulers a 90-day waiver during the hot summer months with no adverse effects to safety. As authorized by Congress, FMCSA carefully considers and collects public comments on all applications for exemptions from federal regulations, including Hours-of-Service for truck drivers.

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