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    AHC Applauds Congressional Attention to Equine Transportation Concerns

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    May 06, 2019
    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Greg Pence (R-IN) re-introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act of 2019 (H.R. 2460).This important bill which directs the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a working group that will examine Hours of Service (HOS) regulations and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations and identify obstacles to the safe, humane, and market-efficient transport of livestock and other perishable agricultural commodities.
     
    The American Horse Council (AHC) has worked closely with the DOT since 2017 to provide clarity and specificity on the applicability of ELD regulations for the benefit of law enforcement and horse owners alike. Those efforts are continuing to with the goal to achieve permanent exemptions from mandatory ELD regulations, for the sake of horse health and welfare. Information on these efforts can be found at
    https://www.horsecouncil.org/resources/eld-mandate-cdl-requirements/ .
     

    “Horses can be neither transported nor regulated like more traditional, non-perishable goods,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “This working group is important to resolve the current issues facing the industry, as well as preventing controversial regulatory action in the future.”
     
    Also this week, the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act (TLAAS) was brought forward by co-sponsors Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Jon Tester (D-MT). This follows the January introduction of TLAAS (H.R. 487) in the House by Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL).  Both bills would require that DOT:
     
    • Provides that HOS and ELD requirements are inapplicable until after a driver travels more than 300-air miles from their source. Drive time for HOS purposes does not start until after the 300-air mile threshold. 
    • Exempts loading and unloading times from the HOS calculation of driving time.
    • Extends 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.
    • Grants flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting against HOS time.
    • Allows drivers to complete their trip – regardless of HOS requirements – if they come within 150-air miles of their delivery point.
    • Ensures that, after drivers completes their delivery and the truck is unloaded, the driver will take a break for a period that is five hours less than the maximum on-duty time (10 hours if a 15-hour drive time).
     
    Please contact Cliff Williamson at cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org for more information.


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