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Ag transportation bill clears committee


By Kathleen M. Dutro
Public Relations Team

The Roads & Transportation Committee of the Indiana House has approved a bill that under some circumstances will exempt the drivers of farm trucks from certain federal requirements.

HB 1068, authored by Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, would change Indiana law regarding the requirements for some agricultural transportation situations to make the law in Indiana consistent with changes in the federal law that were enacted by Congress last summer. The federal changes were included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, known as MAP-21.

If HB 1068 is enacted into law, the drivers of farm trucks during the planting and harvesting seasons will be exempt from the federal hours of service requirements if they do not travel more than 150 air miles to or from the source of the ag commodity or supply.

The proposed law would also exempt the drivers of covered farm vehicles from most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.

The agricultural amendments to the federal MAP-21 legislation bill resulted from the efforts of the American Farm Bureau Federation and were strongly supported in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by Rep. Larry Bucshon of Indiana.

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