NCBA pleased with Hours of Service exemption extension
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is pleased the hours-of-service exemption has been extended again for truckers hauling livestock. The new deadline is November 30th.
NCBA’s director of government affairs Allison Rivera tells Brownfield Ag News they’re grateful to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for, “keeping those lines of communication open with us and continuing to extend this extension which we really need to be able to have that flexibility for our haulers. Not just during the pandemic but we continue to beat that drum that we need that continued flexibility.”
And she says Congress is waking up to the need as well, “We were successful in getting some language that will provide some flexibility within this larger infrastructure package which we hope will certainly get passed in the next month or so.”
Rivera says whether the flexibility in hours becomes permanent – the biggest thing is for the carrier safety administration and Congress to know the current structure, without that exemption, just doesn’t work for those hauling livestock.