The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday posted rule exemptions for agricultural transporters that were ordered up in last year’s highway law.
The rule expands an hours-of-service exemption for farm-related transport during planting and harvesting seasons. Formerly, drivers hauling ag commodities within a 100 air-mile radius of the farm were exempt. The rule expands that to 150 air miles.
It also creates new exemptions for “covered farm vehicles” and their drivers. The exemptions go to the CDL requirement, drug and alcohol testing and hours of service limits, among other things.