U.S. National Aquaculture Association published on January 17th an action alert concerning the recent HR 487 legislation on livestock transporting across America.
Source: National Aquaculture Association
HR 487 Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act Introduced in New Congress
Congressman Ted Yoho, FL-3, and 27 co-sponsors have introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to greatly improve Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service regulations for agricultural livestock haulers. Bipartisan support is absolutely essential to this bill.
The bill provides recognition that driver time while attending to a vehicle and load should not be counted, greater flexibility in work hours is needed, and the mandatory rest period prior to driving is eliminated; amongst other changes.
Farms and businesses shipping live fish or crawfish long distance by truck should reach out to their Representative and ask them to be a co-sponsor. Talk to them about your unique work, your farm, and your fish. Describe the difficulty of hauling live fish across the United States, the crumbling roads that are growing more crowded, the necessity of driving uninterrupted to guarantee delivery of a live, healthy and happy fish on time and as quickly as possible, and that deliveries in rural areas requires longer driving time on slow country or mountainous roads a typical long haul driver does not experience.
To learn more about the legislation and who is a co-sponsor, please visit:
To find your Representative and call their local or DC office, please visit: https://www.house.gov/representatives.