ASI Submits Comments on Hours of Service Petition
March 1, 2019

This week, the American Sheep Industry Association submitted comments on the Application for Exemption to the Hours of Service rules.

The petition - filed by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Livestock Marketing Association and other stakeholders - is seeking an exemption for livestock, aquaculture and insect haulers from rules that limited drive time to 11 hours and on-duty hours to 14. Due to the specialized nature of hauling live animals, the petition requests an exemption that would allow livestock haulers to drive up to 15 hours with a 16-hour on-duty period, following a 10-hour consecutive rest period.

As part of the petition, any livestock hauler wanting to take advantage of the extended drive time would have to complete pre-trip planning and increased fatigue management training. The strong safety record of livestock haulers demonstrates their ability to ensure the safety of others on the highway and animal welfare. Data cited in the petition shows that between 2013 and 2015, livestock haulers accounted for 6.6 percent of all commercial drivers, but were involved in less than 1 percent of crashes involving large trucks.

The deadline to comment is March 8.

Click Here for ASI's full comments on the issue.