MSGA signed our name to NCBA’s submitted comments on the Notice of Proposed
Rule Making (NPRM) from DOT on Changes to Hours of Service.
include support for a split sleeper berth program that would allow haulers
to break up their rest period in commonsense ways. Suggestions included a few
shorter rest periods during the haul followed by a longer “full rest” at the
end of the drive. This would allow the driver to evaluate humidity and
temperature and determine if a stop is tolerable for the animals they are
hauling, which will allow them to rest to avoid traffic or other roadway
Adverse driving conditions were also addressed as a part of the
comments and encourage FMSCA to reevaluate the definition of an “adverse
driving condition.” They ask to have the definition be broad enough
that livestock haulers find it useful so they can maintain roadway safety and
The comments suggest a definition that includes language such as, “including- for live animal haulers only- ambient temperatures and humidity that the live animal hauler reasonably believes will be detrimental to the live animals onboard if the driver were to stop for any significant period of time.”
Sixty-seven state affiliates, including MSGA, signed their name to the comments submitted by NCBA. We hope the agency will continue to evaluate changes to the HOS framework with livestock haulers in mind.
MSGA will continue to monitor this topic on behalf of Montana ranchers.
Manager of Communications, MSGA
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