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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Friday a one-year exemption for the Hours-of-Service 30-minute break rule for individuals hauling livestock.
The rule, which went into effect July 1, 2013, required drivers to take a 30-minute break during an eight-hour shift in an effort to prevent fatigue-related accidents.
In summer 2013, DOT granted a 90-day exemption to the 30-minute break requirement after the livestock industry raised concerns holding animals longer than necessary in trailers during hot summer weather. DOT noted the short-term exemption in 2013 had “no adverse effects to safety.”