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Implements of Husbandry Not Regulated

Act 81 did not change the blanket exemption already provided for intrastate operation of implements of husbandry. Drivers of implements and farmers allowing operation of implements are NOT subject to any intrastate motor carrier safety driver requirements, regardless of whether the implement is operated alone or is towing another vehicle and regardless of the weight of the implement or combination powered by the implement.

Applicable Farm Truck Standards Established as a Result of Act 811

The federal trucking standards will apply to intrastate operation of farm vehicles and combinations over 26,000 lbs. (actual weight or weight rating) and their drivers, include:

1. Minimum age requirements.

2. Medical certification requirements.

3. "Hours of service" requirements (reporting, recordkeeping and limitation in driver work and driving time).

4. Requirements for daily inspections and written reports of the vehicle's condition by drivers, and repair and written reports of repair by employers.

Single Unit Vehicles, greater than 26,000 lbs.2 with a Farm Truck Registration Plate (not pulling a trailer of some type)

1. The 18 year minimum age requirement for the driver applies when a single unit vehicle is driven more than 150 miles from home farm.3

2. The medical card requirement for the driver applies when a single unit vehicle is driven more than 150 miles from home farm.

3. The hours of service logging and reporting activities will be required unless a special exemption, outlined in detail below, applies to that particular trip.

4. Requirements for driver vehicle inspection and repair will apply, regardless of distance driven from home farm.

Single Unit Vehicles, greater than 26,000 lbs. with a Farm Sticker4 (not pulling a trailer of some type)

1. The 18 year minimum age requirement for the driver does not apply, provided the vehicle is being driven within the mileage limitations of the registration exempt sticker.

2. The medical card requirement for the driver does not apply, provided the vehicle is being driven within the mileage limitations of the registration exempt sticker.

3. The hours of service logging and reporting activities will be required unless a special exemption, outlined in detail below, applies to that particular trip.

4. Requirements for driver vehicle inspection and repair will apply, regardless of distance driven from home farm.