U.S. Exempts Livestock Haulers from Rest-Break Rule

FMCSA Logo 317x170On June 6, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a one-year exemption for livestock haulers to a rule that took effective July 1, 2013 requiring commercial truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break after eight hours of service. In requesting the exemption, the National Pork Producers Council maintained that drivers’ service time includes loading and unloading animals and that mandating a break would affect the animals’ welfare.

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