MOTOR CARRIER (HOURS OF SERVICE & LIVESTOCK) – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration grants 90-day waiver from 30-minute rest break requirement for the transportation of livestock. That’s restricted to July, August and September 2013.

“Hours of Service; Limited 90-Day Waiver From the 30-Minute Rest Break Requirement for the Transportation of Livestock.”

Notice of Waiver. July 11, 2013.

Premise of this is that the 30-minute rest break requirement for the new (effective July 1, 2013) Hours of Service regulations for motor carriers from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will exacerbate harm to livestock transported by truck during the seasonally hotter months of July, August and September.

This preempts inconsistent state and local requirements.

But this is just a waiver.

No word on next year.

FMCSA maintains that there is no safety trade-off or penalty for this concession to the health and wellbeing of livestock: “The Agency has determined that the waiver, based on the terms and conditions imposed, would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such waiver.”