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Posted by Bret4207 on December 09, 2012 at 05:30:42 from (

In Reply to: D.O.T. posted by puln70 on December 08, 2012 at 14:35:28:

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This is where intrastate and interstate get confused and licensing and DOT get confused.

YOUR STATE may say a farmer is exempt from being considered a Commercial Vehicle and falling under their heavy vehicle rules, but as far as the Federal DOT rules a commercial motor vehicle is defined as any vehicle or combination of vehicles with a GVWR or CGVWR of more than 10K lbs engaged in commerce. That's not verbatim, but that's the easiest to understand way of putting it. "Commerce" in the sense they are talking is any activity where the use to the vehicle is part of the activity and the activity gives the participants the OPPORTUNITY for compensation. That's also not verbatim, but the easiest way to understand it. So, farming is commercial, even you don't break even, you still are compensated for your efforts. Landscapers, plumbers, carpenters, car shows, tractor pulls, logging, etc all can be commercial where the possibility of compensation exists and the GVWR or CGVWR exceeds 10,001 lbs. So your 1/2 tin pickup with a 5500 lbs GVWR and trailers with a 4800 GVWR give a CGVWR of 10,300 lbs and you are hauling feed for your cattle- in the eyes of the Feds and some states you are a CMV.

LICENSING in the intrastate area is strictly up to he State, they may not require a CDL for farm ops or they may follow DOT guidelines. Once you get into interstate then you have to follow DOT licensing guidelines. DOT has exemptions for farm operations too.

There, that ought to really confuse things.


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