The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved the surface transportation authorization bill, which includes language to make permanent the agricultural retail hours of service exemption.

The hours of service exemption ensures that retailers delivering crop input products, such as fertilizer, during the busy planting season are not subject to rules that limit the number of hours a driver can work without taking a mandatory break.

Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) last month introduced legislation to make the agricultural exemption permanent and requested that it be included in the highway bill being drafted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The committee opted to include exemption language similar to that approved in the 108th Congress. The language approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today makes the hours of service exemption more permanent, but does not contain a comprehensive definition of agricultural commodities that reflect the 1978 Ag Trade Act.

Source: Association Release