As farm suppliers and markets become fewer and farther between, distances farmers must travel for supplies, services and markets have increased substantially.
In October 2012, federal law provided exemption of driver and vehicle standards for covered farm vehicles. We support the development of a state of Michigan covered farm vehicle designation to cover rented and commercially plated vehicles used for agriculture.
We encourage Michigan Farm Bureau to work with Michigan State Police to implement and clarify the agricultural provisions of the federal MAP 21 Act. We encourage MFB members to review the Michigan Farmer’s Transportation Guidebook and use it as an educational tool for all drivers.
We support uniformity of enforcement of trucking regulations by all enforcing agencies.
We support the exemption of all farm and agribusiness vehicles of any size, up to legal weight limit per axle, from no through trucks ordinance and laws.
We oppose the classification by a state or federal government to include implements of husbandry as commercial motor vehicles.
MFB should continue to provide information to members regarding the proper uses of farm-plated vehicles.
We support a simple, low cost method for the Secretary of State to verify farm or logging connection when applying for the plate designations. Schedule F forms or EINs must not be the only methods since not all farmers and loggers have those options.
We support allowing personal business to be done in the personal pick-up of a logger with a log plate designation.
We urge MFB to seek clarification on the licensing and registration requirements for farmers and others hauling livestock, equipment, and agricultural products to markets, events or shows, and people to events or shows.
We support more flexibility in the waiting period to obtain a seasonal restricted license.