North Dakota's HOS waiver for livestock haulers extended

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Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021:

Livestock HOS exemption extended in North Dakota

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Sept. 22 issued an emergency declaration extending an hours of service waiver for truck drivers hauling livestock, hay and water supplies for livestock.

The declaration is due to extreme drought conditions, which are considered the worst on record for the state.

Due to the drought, “farmers, ranchers and livestock producers have inadequate amounts of essential hay and water supplies to sustain livestock herds,” and “ranchers and livestock producers have been forced to find supplemental feed and water supplies or have hauled livestock to areas where water and hay inventories are more plentiful,” the declaration states.

The declaration provides relief from 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399; North Dakota Century Code § 39-32-02 pertaining to hours of service; and North Dakota Century Code Chapter 39-12 pertaining to weight, hauling width and height restrictions and fees for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting livestock, hay and water supplies for livestock on interstate highways and state roadways.

The order is effective for 30 days beginning Sept. 22.

LTL carrier wins four industry awards

Polaris TransportationMississauga, Ontario-based Polaris Transportation Group, CCJ’s 2020 Innovator of the Year, announced it recently won four awards – two from each side of the U.S.-Canada border.

Polaris won the 2021 Mastio Quality Award in the category for Canadian LTL Carriers, which is awarded by research agency Mastio. Every two years, the agency evaluates U.S. and Canadian carriers by gathering customer feedback to determine if core client needs are being met. In this year’s evaluation by Mastio, in the Higher Performance/Superior Offering classification, Polaris came out no. 1 in several categories against key competitors in the LTL Canadian study.

Polaris was also recognized by Inbound Logistics, a leading trade journal for the logistics industry, by being named to the publication’s 2021 Top 100 3PL Providers list.

North of the border, the company was recognized by a leading Canadian industry journal, Inside Logistics, with its Shipper’s Choice Award for the 14th consecutive year and its Carrier of Choice Award for the 10th time.

Finally, Trucking HR Canada named Polaris a 2021 Top Fleet Employer for the fourth year in a row to recognize the company’s efforts in providing employee professional development in a safe, inclusive workplace.