live stock transport at highwayOn July 5, 2013, the FMCSA announced the agency plans to grant a limited 90-day waver from the new HOS’s 30-minute break regulation for those who are transporting livestock.

The FMCSA states that several livestock groups have voiced their concern about the risk to the animals from the summer heat during the break periods, especially during the heat of the day and in areas where the temperatures soar during the months of July, August and September.

In the FMCSA’s statement, the agency stated it has ”determined that it is appropriate to grant a limited 90-day waiver for this period to ensure the well-being of the Nation’s livestock during interstate transportation. The Agency has determined that the waiver, based on the terms and conditions imposed, would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such waiver. This waiver preempts inconsistent State and local requirements.”
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