Legislation looks to ease HOS regs for livestock, ag haulers
Legislation reintroduced to relax HOS for livestock, ag haulers
Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer last week reintroduced the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act, which would implement several changes to the hours of service rules for livestock and agricultural commodities haulers.
Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) joined Senator Fischer in introducing the HAULS Act. The legislation would:
- Eliminate the requirement that ag and livestock hours-of-service exemptions only apply during state designated planting and harvesting seasons
- 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