Livestock Haulers Granted 90-Day Break Waiver for Animal Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s no secret that being in a hot vehicle in the middle of summer is more than unpleasant, but just imagine how hot it must be for animals packed together in the swine-tering heat.

That’s why the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has agreed to allow a 90-day waiver on certain hours-of-service rules for livestock haulers.

On July 1, new hours-of-service rules took effect forcing truck drivers to take a 30-minute break after driving up to 8 hours. Livestock haulers petitioned the FMCSA saying that with increased temperatures in the summer, they are worried about the effect that the break time may have on the animals.

The FMCSA has already determined that the waiver is appropriate and is expected to publish the official document on Thursday.

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