Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination Act. Agricultural haulers of livestock and commodities are currently forced to stop mid-route ad leave animals or products on trailers for 10 consecutive hours, in order to comply with hours of service (HOS) requirements. This legislation provides haulers a grace period of 150 air-miles within their destination, so they can slowly and carefully travel their routes. It also increases the hours of service and allows year-round use of the exemptions for agriculture.
“Our agricultural haulers do an important job in transporting animals and goods throughout our communities,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Stopping drivers, often while they are only a short distance from their destination, means putting animals and perishable commodities at risk. I am proud to sign onto this bill to fix this problem and provide much needed relief for our agricultural haulers and farmers.”
“Milk is a highly perishable commodity that can now travel a longer journey from farm to plant as the dairy sector has evolved,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation. “Therefore, it is critical to maintain a flexible regulatory climate for milk hauling. We thank Rep. Elise Stefanik for supporting this bipartisan bill to increase the hours of service exemption for agriculture – this measure will provide welcome relief to dairy producers across the country.”