TOPEKA, Kan. — U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall and Jon Ossoff recently introduced the Covered Farm Vehicle Modernization Act. This legislation would expand exemptions and provide much-needed flexibility. Specifically, it would adjust exemption thresholds and remove the extra regulatory red tape regarding Department of Transportation (DOT) registration and fuel tax licensing requirements that have little to do with vehicle safety.
Under current standards, certain trucks and trailers commonly used on farms and ranches require the operator to have a commercial driver’s license when the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is over 26,001 lbs. and the vehicle is being driven more than 150 air miles from home. This new legislation would raise the GVWR exemption limit to 36,001 lbs. for covered farm vehicles and allow them to cross state lines. Additionally, it would exempt covered farm vehicles from needing a USDOT number, filing a unified carrier registration and obtaining an Interstate Fuel Tax Agreement license.
— Kansas Livestock Association