FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER INFORMATION NOW ONLINE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Farmers seeking information about the new Federal Motor Carrier regulations can now download that information at the Alabama Farmers Federation's Web site.
Presentations by the Alabama Department of Revenue and the Alabama Department of Public Safety during a recent series of educational meetings with farmers around the state are now available in a single PDF format on www.AlfaFarmers.org.
The meetings were sponsored by the Federation, the Alabama Cattlemen's Association, Alabama Poultry & Egg Association and the Department of Agriculture & Industries in cooperation with the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Transportation.
The Alabama Farmers Federation arranged for the meetings with the DPS as part of an agreement with the department following the legislature's passage of a bill in May revising exemptions for the state's agricultural sector. Gov. Bob Riley signed the bill into law May 13.
SB 482, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, exempts all agricultural vehicles operating within 150 air miles of the farmer's headquarters with the following exceptions: Drivers operating more than one combination vehicle (truck and trailer) exceeding 26,001 pounds are required to be at least 18 years of age and have a medical card; and vehicle maintenance and inspection records must be maintained on combination vehicles of more than 26,001 pounds. Commercial driver's license and Department of Transportation registration and door markings aren't required for farmer-owned vehicles.
In addition, hours-of-service rules for drivers will not be applied to drivers transporting agricultural or farm supplies at any time during the year.
The Alabama Farmers Federation originally opposed the bill but agreed to withdraw opposition after receiving confirmation from DPS that most of the exemptions fought for last year would be preserved.
For questions related to the DPS presentation, contact the department's Motor Carrier Safety Unit at (334) 242-4395. For questions related to the Department of Revenue's presentation, contact the department's Motor Vehicle Division at www.revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle/mvmailform.cfm or (334) 242-1170.
Federal Motor Carrier Presentations Available Here