Posted August 10, 2017 by Administrator
Many fleets are busy ensuring their trucks are compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new electronic logging device (ELD) regulation. However, one sector of the trucking industry is at an impasse. Truckers that transport livestock or agricultural goods are under different time constraints than those who transport non-perishable cargo. It is not a simple matter of delivering goods on a certain timetable; the animals’ welfare and produces’ spoilage rate affect delivery as well.
Agricultural Exemption Specifications
To address these issues, the FMCSA granted certain exemptions to these truckers for one year. The FMCSA granted this extension in order to collaborate with producers to find a workable solution. The primary exemption is for truckers transporting livestock. They do not need to track their Hours of Service (HOS) with an ELD for the duration of the one-year delay. Current FMCSA HOS regulations encompass an 11-hour driving limit, a 14-hour on duty limit, and a 60-hour limit for the entire workweek.
The FMCSA granted drivers delivering agricultural commodities an exemption as well. If the trucker can conduct his or her hauls within 150 air miles, he or she does not need to log their driving time or mileage. However, once the driver goes beyond the 150 air mile zone, he or she must use their ELD and follow all HOS rules.
The FMCSA allowed these exemptions and one-year delay to avoid crippling the agriculture industry. The U.S. DOT agency plans to work with truckers transporting agricultural goods to draft new regulations tailored to their needs. Managing an agribusiness is difficult under the best of circumstances. This delay can help agricultural transporters stay in business while developing safety improvements. To stay up to date with the latest regulations affecting agribusinesses, contact the experts at Cline Wood.
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Posted September 8, 2015 by Administrator
When you are loading livestock for auction, fair or other reason you need to have a safety plan in place. Animals startle easy, can become stubborn or injure themselves during the loading process if you aren’t prepared. Here are some tips to make sure you can make the loading easier for you and safer for the animals.
Pick the Right Time to Load
Early in the morning and late at night are two prime times for loading livestock. It is cooler, quieter and the animals tend to be more relaxed during those periods. You will also want to check the weather report because storms may startle the animals or make them restless, which can create a dangerous loading situation.
Observe the Animals First
You will want to segregate and observe the animals you want to transport before loading. This will help you notice any injuries or if the animal is behaving as though it is ill. If the animal is unwell, you will want to remove it from the area and have a vet treat it as soon as possible.
You also need to gage the animal’s mood to determine if it is relaxed or agitated. Trying to load an animal that is scared or stressed risks injury to you or the animal, instead you will want to do what you can to calm the animal and load the other livestock first.
Let the Docile Lead the Way
Hitting a stubborn animal will only increase its agitation and you run the risk of it injuring you in its efforts to get away. Focus on the docile animals first as this will make the other animals more willing to follow the lead animal.
You need to reduce the amount of confusion and noise during the loading process. Any sudden noise or movement can startle even a docile animal and cause it to balk. You will also want to make sure you clean the area along the path you will be taking to the transport to reduce the chance of slipping and injury.
Transporting livestock doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. If you have a safety plan in place and do what you can to keep the animals calm, you will be able to load them without loss due to injury. If you are interested in learning more about agribusiness risk management, read more or call us at 888-451-3900.