Hours of Service Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate
Courtesy of Texas Cattle Feeders Association
TCFA this week welcomed a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate which would reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way to ensure animal welfare, highway safety and the well-being of livestock haulers. The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act (S. 1255) recognizes the unique needs of livestock haulers.
TCFA, alongside NCBA, helped to secure a delay from the implementation of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for livestock haulers until Sept. 20, 2019; however, the need for a long-term fix and flexibility for livestock haulers remains.
The summary of S. 1255 is as follows:
- Provides that HOS and ELD requirements are inapplicable until after a driver travels more than 300-air miles from the source. Drive time for HOS purposes does not start until after the 300-air mile threshold.
- Exempts loading and unloading times from the HOS calculation of driving time.
- Extends the HOS on-duty time maximum hour requirement from 11 hours to a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 18 hours of on-duty time.
- Grants flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against HOS time.
- Allows drivers to complete their trip – regardless of HOS requirements – if they come within 150-air miles of the delivery point.
- Ensures that, after the driver completes delivery and the truck is unloaded, the driver will take a break for a period that is 5 hours less than the maximum on-duty time (10 hours if a 15-hour drive time).