Hours of Service of Drivers; Definition of Agricultural Commodity
ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comment.
SUMMARY: FMCSA clarifies the definition of the terms “any agricultural commodity,” “livestock,” and
“non-processed food,” as the terms are used in the definition of “agricultural commodity” for the
purposes of the Agency’s “Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers” regulations. Under current
regulations, drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, from the source of
the commodities to a location within 150 air miles of the source, during harvest and planting
seasons as defined by each State, are exempt from the HOS requirements. Furthermore, the HOS
requirement for a 30-minute rest break does not apply to drivers transporting livestock in
interstate commerce while the livestock are on the commercial motor vehicle. This interim final
rule (IFR) clarifies the meaning of these existing definitional terms to ensure that the
HOS exemptions are utilized as Congress intended.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Clemente, Driver and Carrier Operations Division,
FMCSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001, (202) 366-4325, MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Dockets Operations, (202) 366–9826.