Kevin Kester, NCBA president, released a statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act.
“The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the producers we represent are glad to see another bipartisan effort designed to provide much-needed relief for livestock haulers,” says Kester. “The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act requires the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to establish a working group to address the implementation of electronic logging devices and the overly-restrictive hours of service rules that livestock haulers face today. We look forward to continuing our work with members of Congress, industry groups, and the Department of Transportation as we work to find solutions to our current transportation concerns.”
According to the hours of services rules, once livestock haulers reach the maximum hours, they must stop for a certain amount of time. This creates problems for the haulers because they may not have a place to unload the livestock, which can cause the animals to become dehydrated and overheated.
The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act was introduced by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to help identify and address some of these issues. The electronic logging devices will not be enforced until the Department of Transportation’s working group outcomes have been proposed to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
A full summary of the bill can be found here.