Group Requesting Halt to Changes in Trucking Hours Rules for Livestock Haulers
The hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial drivers are "arguably the single-most important regulation to the motor carrier industry," according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and its Executive Director Stephen Keppler.
The alliance is upset that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is changing regulations related to HOS again for livestock haulers less than a year after changes being fully implemented.
Confusion about HOS whether it be for agricultural products transport or livestock carriers or non-agriculture products seem to be confusing to everyone including the enforcement officers, the transportation companies and the drivers.
"Legislating changes to the HOS rules now, not even a year since becoming effective, creates significant uniformity and consistency problems across the country. The results of this legislative action will create unnecessary upheaval for the states and cause significant operational and budgetary impacts on their enforcement efforts.
The change was made for livestock haulers so they could deliver their livestock in the heat of the summer in a timely manner without having to make the mandatory stops.
"In addition, constant change causes confusion for both industry and enforcement. Compliance and the determination thereof are nearly impossible because the rules have changed so often over the last 10 years, and have become so complicated that no one can keep pace with the changes. This constant back and forth also has resulted in a number of narrow interpretations on exceptions and exemptions.
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