skip to main content

S. 2938 (115th): Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2018 (Introduced).



2d Session

S. 2938


May 23, 2018

(for himself, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Moran, Mr. Tester, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Ernst, Mr. Rubio, Ms. Smith, Mr. Paul, and Mr. Roberts) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


To require the Secretary of Transportation to modify provisions relating to hours of service requirements with respect to transportation of livestock and insects, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act.


Hours of service regulations for transportation of livestock and insects

The Secretary of Transportation shall amend part 395 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to ensure that, in the case of a driver transporting livestock (as defined in section 602 of the Agricultural Act of 1949 (7 U.S.C. 1471)) or insects within a 300 air-mile radius from the point at which the on-duty time of the driver begins with respect to the trip—


the on-duty time of the driver shall exclude all time spent—


at a plant, terminal, facility, or other property of a motor carrier or shipper or on any public property during which the driver is waiting to be dispatched;


loading or unloading a commercial motor vehicle;


supervising or assisting in the loading or unloading of a commercial motor vehicle;


attending to a commercial motor vehicle while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded;


remaining in readiness to operate a commercial motor vehicle; and


giving or receiving receipts for shipments loaded or unloaded;


except as provided in paragraph (5), the driving time under section 395.3(a)(3)(i) of that title is modified to a maximum of not less than 15, and not more than 18, hours within a 24-hour period;


the driver may take 1 or more rest periods during the trip, which shall not be included in the calculation of the driving time;


after completion of the trip, the driver shall be required to take a rest break for a period that is 5 hours less than the maximum driving time under paragraph (2);


if the driver is within 150 air-miles of the point of delivery, any additional driving to that point of delivery shall not be included in the calculation of the driving time; and


the 10-hour rest period under section 395.3(a)(1) of that title shall not apply.