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Redefining Agricultural Commodities Public Comment Deadline

This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemakeing (ANPRM) seeks public comment to assist the Agency in revising or otherwise clarify the definitions of “agricultural commodity” or “livestock” in the “Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers” regulations. Currently, during harvesting and planting seasons as determined by each State, drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, are exempt from the HOS requirements from the source of the commodities to a location within a 150-air-mile radius from the source. This ANPRM is prompted by indications that the current definition of these terms may not be understood or enforced consistently when determining whether the HOS exemption applies.

Comments must be received by September 27, 2019.

Comments may be made electronically at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2018-0348-0001

Access a complete how-to guide which outlines each of the questions that FMCSA is seeking comments at the following link: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ab0205e4cde7a7c70e79e67/t/5d3e6c08fc54270001d20f60/1564371976995/Agricultural+Commodity+Public+Comments+101+-+FMCSA-2018-0348.pdf