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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

Now, the good news is, we received clarifi cation on the 150 air-mile agricultural exemption rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For those of you in the know, the rule, which is part of the MAP-21 package we reported on a couple of years back, was not clear enough that it included “for hire”, meaning commercial bull haulers, in the exemption. We went back to the FMCSA and they gladly considered our concerns which resulted in the following clarifi cation: The HOS regulations do not apply to the transportation of agricultural commodities operating completely within the 150-air mile radius by for hire or private carriers. So, in a nutshell, this means that any bull rack, commercial or farm, can operate within 150 air miles (or approx. 175 road miles to make it easy) from the source of the load and be exempt from Hours Of Service regulations. Yes, that means no log books. However, if you venture outside the 150 air-mile radius, and your truck’s engine is year 2000 or newer, you need to have an FMCSA-approved ELD device installed and you must switch it on because you are no longer agriculture exempt (you also need to note the exempt miles you spent in the 150 air-mile zone). The factsheet can be found here for download and printing on rain paper so each driver in the fl eet can have one to present to Law Enforcement who may be confused about the scope of the exemption as it pertains to commercial “for hire” carriers, and it can also be found in full on the next page (17). www.fmcsa.dot. gov/hours-service/elds/eld-hours-service hos-and-agriculture-exemptions I must add, Mr. Joe DeLorenzo, Director, Offi ce of Enforcement and Compliance, and his team at USDOT / FMCSA were very courteous, pleasant and professional to work with…again, restoring my faith in the system and the dedicated, hard working individuals that keep the wheels turning. It’s not totally broken (the system, that is) but it defi nitely needs to be pressure washed and drug into the shop for a winter overhaul. toppin’ out NEW -JWFTUPDL 8BUFSFSFST We’re proud to introduce our new range of Tru-Test Livestock Waterers. Designed to deliver a fresh water supply for your livestock all year round, and make your job a little easier. Replenishes water often, to discourage algae growth and mosquitoes Durable design to withstand busy water source locations Easy to access, clean and maintain Backed up by aO year warranty WaterWell™ 4 WaterWell™ 2 WaterPro™ 2 www.tru-test.com 800 874 8494 Correction Secretariat was foaled in 1970 at Meadow Stud in Doswell, Virginia, not Bourbon County, Kentucky as presented in the Bloodlines column in the June July ‘17 issue. 16 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


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