The exemption will last a year and will begin on the date of publication in the Federal Register, expected soon.
The exemption is “to ensure the well-being of the nation’s livestock during interstate transportation,” according to FMCSA’s notice.
The exemption builds on the 90-day waiver granted to livestock haulers last summer, after the National Pork Producers Council petitioned FMCSA.
NPPC said complying with the break provisions of the 2013 HOS rule — which requires drivers to take a 30-minute break from driving within the first eight hours on-duty — could place the health of the animals being hauled at risk, especially in hot conditions.
FMCSA estimates there are about 250,000 drivers in the U.S. who haul livestock.
The beginning and end dates of the exemption will be published when they become available.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.