WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today assembled a meeting with agriculture stakeholders from Nebraska and the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Cathy Gautreaux, the agency’s acting administrator. The purpose of the meeting, which took place in Fischer’s Washington, D.C., Senate office, was to discuss the effect of Hours of Service (HOS) regulations on livestock haulers.

Representatives from Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, and the Livestock Marketing Association attended the meeting.

“I was happy to convene a meeting today where representatives from Nebraska agriculture had the opportunity to share their concerns and suggestions about the Hours of Service regulations with FMCSA Deputy Administrator Gautreaux directly. During the meeting, we talked about how the agency can bring greater flexibility for livestock haulers. I look forward to continuing these conversations and I thank the Nebraskans who came to share their perspective today,” said Senator Fischer.

On December 20, 2017, FMCSA issued a 90-day waiver for livestock haulers and opened a notice of proposed regulatory guidance to review HOS guidance.  On January 17, 2018, Senator Fischer sent a letter requesting an extension to the comment period to provide for additional comments to be submitted.  FMCSA granted the extension, which will close on February 20, 2018. 

Comments on FMCSA’s proposed guidance on the transportation of agricultural commodities can be submitted here:

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