Request Denied: Why the Department of Transportation won’t make exceptions for live animal haulers

The Department of Transportation has rejected a request by ag groups to make exceptions for live animal haulers.

The Federal Register Notice says the request will not make conditions safer for drivers. Ag groups say limiting hours a driver can be on the job put livestock in danger.

Senator Roger Marshall, out of Kansas, responded to the rejection.

“I’m disappointed that this administration once again failed to listen to the farmers and ranchers who know what is best for their animals. Hauling live animals presents unique challenges that the one-size-fits-all hours of service rule does not accommodate. Rejecting this request keeps a layer of bureaucracy and red tape on an industry that is already struggling to find workers and meet consumer demand.”