Summary: H.R.3473 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3473. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (09/10/2015)

Local Farm Vehicle Flexibility Act

This bill prohibits the Department of Transportation from terminating, reducing, limitoing, or otherwise interfering with the amount or timing of grants a state is otherwise eligible to receive as a result of any minimum standard or exemption the state gives a covered farm vehicle or the driver of such vehicle less stringent than federal requirements for commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

A covered farm vehicle means any motor vehicle meeting certain gross weight requirements and:

  • registered or otherwise designated by a state for use in, or transportation activities related to, the operation of farms;
  • operated by a farm or ranch owner or operator, or an employee or family member;
  • transporting to or from a farm or ranch agricultural commodities, livestock, agricultural supplies, or machinery; and
  • not used in the operations of a for-hire motor carrier, nor transporting materials requiring a placard.

A covered farm vehicle may also be one meeting these requirements but operated pursuant to a crop share farm lease agreement, owned by a tenant under that agreement, and transporting the landlord's portion of the crops.