ASI Joins Livestock Groups in Supporting Haulers

The American Sheep Industry Association this week signed on to a letter from more than 60 livestock-related organizations encouraging U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Raymond Martinez to recognize the industry's needs in relation to hours of service regulations.

The comments specifically address, "1. Needed flexibilities within the implementation of a split sleeper berth program, and 2. The need for regulatory framework that accommodates short rests that do not count toward a driver's end-of-day rest period, but rather are incentivized by pausing the on-duty clock to allow drivers to mitigate fatigue while driving."

"We appreciate our ongoing partnerships with FMCSA in our continued efforts to safeguard the well-being of the nation's livestock during interstate transport," the letter reads. "In providing certain regulatory relief to date, the FMCSA has appropriately acknowledged some of the unique circumstances livestock haulers confront because of the operational demands of transporting live animals safely, and we hope that the agency will continue to evaluate changes to the HOS framework with livestock haulers in mind."

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