Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues regulatory guidance for transporting agricultural commodities

(Washington, DC – Insurance News 360) – On May 31, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced clarification to the longstanding 150 air-miles-of-service agricultural commodity exemption. The organization also explained more about the provision focusing on “personal conveyance.”

The FMCSA published notices proposing regulatory guidance for use of personal conveyance and transporting agricultural products in December 2017 and asked for comments then. The organization is offering clarification for law enforcement as well as for those in the agricultural industry.

“Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

After receiving nearly 850 comments, the new regulatory guidance has questions and answers format, explains the 150-air mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how they determine the exact “source” of the commodity.

“We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

For a copy of the agricultural product guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ag-commodity-guidance.

New guidelines explain what circumstances call for a commercial motor vehicle driver to use a truck or bus for personal conveyance. For a copy of this information, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/personal-conveyance-guidance.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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