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How can the MAP-21 “Transportation of Agricultural Commodities” exemptions be summarized?

The current hours-of-service (HOS) exception in 49 CFR 395.1(k) covers any motor carrier transporting agricultural commodities or farm supplies to an eligible destination. The MAP-21 revision expands the current 100 air-mile radius to 150 air-miles (176.2 statute miles), and makes transportation from wholesalers to retailers eligible for the exception.

MAP-21 provides a new and broad exemption from many of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for operators of “covered farm vehicles” (CFVs). The new definition of a CFV to be found in § 390.5 includes a variety of conditions and limitations involving the size of the vehicle, hauling distance from the farm or ranch, and cargo being transported. Perhaps most important, CFV operators must be farmers or ranchers, their families, and employees. Source: 78 FR 16189, March 14, 2013.

Last Updated : June 4, 2014