FMCSA Announces Clarifying Regulatory Guidance for Transportation of Agricultural Commodities

FMCSA Announces Clarifying Regulatory Guidance for Transportation of Agricultural Commodities
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption.

“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.

FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities in December of 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety.

The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined. 
Please know that the FMCSA Nebraska Division Office is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We’re also here to work with you on any training needs. Feel free to contact us at elyse.mueller@dot.govkyle.zimmer@dot.gov, or diane.podany@dot.gov. You also may call 402-437-5963 or 402-437-5979.