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Livestock Trailers Legislation Reintroduced As HOS For Ag Relaxed

New Legislation proposed to relax hours of service rules for Agriculture and Livestock haulers.
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Last week the Senator of Nebraska, Deb Fischer, brought back the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety Act, otherwise known as the HAULS act. This would implement several changes for hours of service rules for commercial drivers hauling agriculture commodities or livestock. 

Joining the Nebraska Senator are Senators Tina Smith of Minnesota, Jon Tester of Montana, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. 

The proposed legislation in the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety Act would:

  • Amend and clarify the definition of “agricultural commodities” based on feedback provided by agriculture and livestock organizations
  • Authorize a 150 air-mile exemption from HOS requirements on the destination side of a haul for ag and livestock haulers
  • Eliminate the requirement that ag and livestock hours-of-service exemptions only apply during state-designated planting and harvesting seasons

The legislature would also allow for definitions of agriculture commodities to be redefined. This would include any product that:

  • Is non-processed
  • Is planted or harvested for food
  • Any living animal, including fish, insects, and livestock
  • Feed
  • Fiber or Fuel
  • Non-processed products of any living animal such as milk, eggs, and honey
  • Non-processed forestry
  • Horticultural, floricultural, and aquacultural commodities
  • Fresh or minimally processed fruits and vegetables, including any that are rinsed, cooled, cut, ripened, or otherwise minimally processed
  • Animal feed and the ingredients of animal feed

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