DOT Exempts Livestock from Hours of Service Requirement
June 13, 2014

A one-year exemption to the Hours-of-Service requirement for the transportation of livestock was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

The Hours-of-Service rules require all commercial motor vehicle operators, including livestock transporters, to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight hours of service in an effort to prevent fatigue-related accidents. For drivers transporting livestock, the hours of service include loading and unloading animals.

"This exemption is good news," said American Sheep Industry Association President Clint Krebs, a sheep producer from Ione, Ore. "Driver and animal safety is a priority as our livelihood depends on the health and welfare of our animals; treating them as best we can is in everyone's best interest."

In summer 2013, DOT granted a 90-day exemption to the 30-minute break requirement after the livestock industry raised concerns about holding animals longer than necessary in trailers during hot summer weather. DOT noted that the short-term exemption in 2013 had "no adverse effects to safety."

The Federal Register notice is available at