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FMCSA seeks to clarify HOS regulations for ag haulers

White House receives proposal seeking clarity on definitions

Posted May 22, 2019

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget received a pre-rule for review on Friday, May 17, that could impact hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers delivering agricultural commodities.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) previously sought comments to determine whether, and if so to what extent, it should revise or clarify the definitions of “agricultural commodity” or “livestock” in the HOS regulations.

The current regulations exempt ag commodity and livestock haulers from HOS requirements when operating from the source to another site within a 150-air-mile radius during the state’s planting and harvesting season.

The White House has up to 90 days to complete its review before the FMCSA will be able to publish the pre-rule and seek public comments.

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