Agriculture News: The Modernizing Agriculture Transport Act And Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act

Transporting livestock and agricultural products come with their own sort of challenges. Those challenges are compounded by different legislations that are not in step with each other. Recent news suggests the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act and the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act may alleviate some of the issues associated with the Electronic Logging Device mandate and the Hours of Service regulations.

The Modernizing Agriculture Transport Act And Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act

 

If a driver has to abide by ELSs, which restricts a driver to a maximum of eleven active driving hours and fourteen “on-duty” hours. This sounds reasonable enough, but here is where agricultural groups, including Farm Bureau, are concerned about the treatment and welfare of the animals who are being transported. After 10 consecutive hours, the driver needs to stop and rest, which could be detrimental to the animals.  

Here is how the Modernizing Agricultural Transport Act (S. 3051) would potentially work. A transportation secretary would determine the practices that would endanger animals and other agricultural goods. They would recommend legislation and develop guidelines to make transport for animals safer and more humane. It would also minimize damage to agricultural goods. 

Hours Of Service Regulations

The Hours Of Service Regulations for hauling animals would change via the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act (H.R. 6079, S. 2938). This agriculture news suggests that until the trucker drives more than 300 air miles from the pickup source, the ELD and HOS will not apply. The HOS on-duty hours will now be fifteen active driving hours and eighteen on-duty hours. 

Loading and unloading times would be exempt from the overall calculation. The trucker or driver could rest at any point without counting Hours of Service time. Drivers would be able to complete an entire trip from pick up to delivery. This is regardless of Hours Of Service requirements, with some practical exceptions that allow for rest and recuperation.

Farm 2 Ranch Wants To Hear About Your Experiences

Let Farm 2 Ranch know your experience with these acts, requirements and mandates and other agriculture news. Are you a farmer or a driver? Would these new legislations help your farm or transportation business? Did you help to create any of these legislations? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.

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