Waiver of Federal Extended Trucking Rule – Ohio Ag Net
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the Department of Transportation has extended an exemption for commercial truckers from the Federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations until February 28, 2022.
The HOS rule limits truckers to 11 hours of driving and 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time per 24-hour period and requires prescribed rest periods. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and prompted by efforts by national livestock organizations to ensure producers can continue to transport animals, the FMCSA included livestock transporters in an initial emergency declaration which provided an exemption from HOS regulations for commercial truckers transporting animals. essential supplies, including livestock. The exemption was then extended to cover the delivery of feed for livestock.
“We are delighted that the FMCSA has recognized the challenges that COVID still presents and the problems it has created, including supply chain issues, for the livestock industry and has acted accordingly,” said said Jen Sorenson, president of the National Pork Producers Council. âThe extension of the HOS exemption ensures that livestock truckers can bring pigs to market safely and efficiently. Likewise, truckers carrying feed can get these essential supplies to farms. “
In August, the FMCSA extended the waiver until November 30. In the extension, the agency also asked livestock carriers who use the waiver to report it within five days of the end of each month on their FMCSA portal.
A provision of the recently enacted Infrastructure Bill expanded the kilometers that agricultural truckers can travel without HOS restrictions. Divers carrying cattle were already exempt from the HOS rule for the first 150 air miles of their races. Now they will also be exempt from HOS rules for the last 150 air kilometers to their final destination, providing additional flexibility to ensure that drivers can make their deliveries safely while protecting other drivers and ensuring the well-being of the drivers. animals in their care.