TLAAS Act Addresses Livestock Hauling Concerns
May 25, 2018

This week, U.S. Senators Ben Sasse (Neb.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tina Smith (Minn.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act to ease the burden of the Electronic Logging Device regulations set to go into effect later this year.

While the American Sheep Industry Association – along with a broad coalition of livestock and aquaculture groups – was able to secure a delay on implementation of Electronic Logging Devices until Oct. 1, issues remain concerning specific provisions of the Hours of Service regulations. The TLAAS act would codify livestock exemptions currently in place to ensure animal welfare and safety during transportation. ASI president Mike Corn applauded the move and urged swift passage of the act.

“America’s sheep industry relies on the safe and efficient transportation of livestock,” said Corn. “While the industry has statutory and regulatory exemptions in place to ensure the comfort and safety of livestock being hauled, those exemptions were not fully contemplated in the final rule on the Electronic Logging Device mandate. The TLAAS act would ensure those provisions are permanently in place, giving livestock haulers the tools they need to ensure the safety of America’s sheep flock in transport.”

Specifically, the TLAAS Act would address issues the livestock industry raised about the Hours of Service requirements by:

  • Increasing the distance transporters must travel before needing to comply with the hours of service and ELD rules. The drive time for HOS purposes would not start until after a 300-air mile threshold is reached.
  • Exempting loading and unloading times from the HOS calculation of driving time.
  • Extending the HOS on-duty time maximum hour requirement from 11 hours to a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 18 hours of on-duty time.
  • Granting flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against HOS time.
  • Allowing drivers to complete their trip – regardless of HOS requirements – if they come within 150-air miles of their delivery point.

ASI supports passage of the TLAAS act and thanks Sen. Sasse and his bi-partisan co-sponsors for their leadership on this issue.