New CDL Rules To Apply To Georgia Farmers
By: GFB News
7/1/2013 10:30:34 AM
New rules are going into effect for Georgia farmers hauling agricultural commodities. The "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (MAP-21) was signed into law in July 2012, and it includes changes to the current exemption that farmers have for hauling agricultural commodities to and from market.
The MAP-21 exemption broadens exemptions for hauling agricultural commodities by expanding the geographic area in which affected farm vehicles may be operated. The new law allows farmers to haul commodities anywhere within the state of Georgia and up to 150 miles from the producer's farm outside the state.
Farm vehicles eligible for the exemption are those that are operated by farm owners, employees or family members for the purpose of transporting agricultural commodities, livestock, machinery or supplies to and from a farm or ranch. They must not be operated for hire or carry hazardous materials in quantities requiring the display of hazardous material warning signs. For more information please visit: http://gamccd.net/Documents/MAP_21.pdf.
Under federal requirements, a producer must carry a special tag or distinction on the vehicle in order to take advantage of the MAP-21 CDL exemption. Georgia Farm Bureau has worked with the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) to make sure that acquiring this special designation is easy and free of charge.
DPS has created a "Covered Farm Vehicle Designation" form (DPS TR0025), which can be accessed online at http://gamccd.net/FarmVehicle.aspx. The DPS TR0025 Form will require the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in order to complete. The completed form must be carried in the power unit of the covered farm vehicle during all operation and must be available for inspection by law enforcement personnel to obtain this exemption.
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