On May 23, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) requested public comment by June 30 on the - Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Operators of Certain Farm Vehicles and Off-Road Agricultural Equipment.
FMCSA seeks public comment on
(1) previously published regulatory guidance on the distinction between interstate and intrastate commerce in deciding whether operations of commercial motor vehicles within the boundaries of a single State are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs);
(2) the factors the States are using in deciding whether farm vehicle drivers transporting agricultural commodities, farm supplies, and equipment as part of a crop share agreement are subject to the commercial driver's license regulations, and
(3) proposed guidance to determine whether off-road farm equipment operated on public roads for limited distances are considered commercial motor vehicles. The guidance would be used to help ensure uniform application of the safety regulations.
Supporting documents and comments may be viewed at: http://www.regulations.gov, under docket number FMCSA-2011-0146.