SB 1046 Now in Effect

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FloridaCapitalOne of Florida Farm Bureau’s most important legislative victories of the 2016 legislative session, SB 1046, legislation that defined “covered farm vehicles” in the Florida Statutes, passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. This bill was sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) and Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) and took effect on July 1.

In addition to defining a covered farm vehicle, this legislation creates new and improved guidelines for the registration and operation of covered farm vehicles in Florida, while streamlining state regulations with federal MAP-21 provisions, passed by Congress in 2012.

These new provisions will make it easier for agricultural producers to register their covered farm vehicles and transport their products from farm to market. Perhaps the most important piece of this legislation is that it provides a statewide CDL exemption for farmers to transport their produce throughout the state and 150 miles from their farm into a neighboring state.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement has created a certificate of designation for a covered farm vehicle that can be accessed on the agency’s website.

Additionally, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles developed a detailed guide to make it easy for agricultural producers to comply with the new provisions.

For more information or questions relating to covered farm vehicles in Florida, visit the state advocacy page on our website or contact Florida Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Affairs office at 850.222.2557.