[R53] Agricultural transportation bill passes both houses (3/19/2013)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Start Date: 3/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM

STATEHOUSE — House Bill (HB) 1068, authored by State Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and coauthored by State Representatives Bill Friend (R-Macy) and Don Lehe (R-Brookston), passed the Indiana Senate on Monday with a unanimous vote.

The federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to update regulations relating to the number of hours motor carrier operators, including agricultural carriers, may drive. The sections of MAP-21 relating to motor carrier regulations will take effect October 2013, but the FMCSA needs more time to promulgate these new rules. Therefore, HB 1068 exempts farm trucks from the effective date of the bill until 2015.

“Since the regulations will not be ready before the MAP-21’s effective date, the FMCSA is urging states to exempt agricultural carriers until the rules have been publicized,” said Rep. Cherry. “This exemption will effectively bridge the gap between the law’s effective date and when the regulations will be ready.”

HB 1068 allows for the transportation of crops within 100 miles from the point of harvest. It also clarifies that a commercial driver’s license is not needed and that a farmer does not need to carry a medical card.

HB 1068 will now be sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.