Farm Truck Driver Exemptions Restored
Farmers across Pennsylvania will once again be exempted from certain regulations and requirements affecting farm trucks after legislation signed last week by Gov. Rendell is implemented. Provisions of House Bill 2246 apply to drivers of farm trucks or combinations operated within Pennsylvania that have a weight or weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less.
Earlier this year, Pennsylvania rescinded the exemptions for agriculture, believing that the commonwealth would otherwise lose federal highway safety funds. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau secured verification from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that individual states can allow agricultural exemptions for such drivers and vehicles without forfeiting federal money.
“Pennsylvania Farm Bureau worked directly with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure the final language in the bill would be consistent with federal standards and not jeopardize federal funding for Pennsylvania,” added PFB President Carl Shaffer.
All exemptions possible for agriculture have been achieved on the farm truck driver issue at the state level and now will focus on pressing lawmakers at the federal level to pass HR 1220, which deals with farm trucks and trucks with combinations in excess of 26,000 pounds.