WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2359
By Delegate Howell, Hanna, Hott, Steele, Linville, Pack, Phillips, Cadle, Worrell, Hill and Wilson
[Introduced January 14, 2019; Referred
to the Committee on Technology and Infrastructure then Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §17E-1-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to exempting commercial motor vehicle operators employed with a farm related service industry from the commercial driver’s license requirements for a limited time period.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
§17E-1-8. Exemptions to the commercial driver's license requirements.
(a) Bona fide farmers or farm vehicle drivers, as defined, operating a vehicle otherwise covered by the commercial driver's license requirements may be exempted from the provisions of this article only if the vehicle used is:
(1) Driven by a farmer or farm vehicle driver;
(2) Used only to transport either agricultural products, farm machinery, farm supplies, to or from a farm;
(3) Not used in the operation of a common or contract motor carrier; and
(4) Used within 150 miles of the qualifying farm.
Farmers who wish to be exempted from the commercial driver's license requirements must apply to the Division of Motor Vehicles for a certificate of exemption.
(b) Any person who operates a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section three of this article, otherwise covered by the commercial driver’s license requirements may be exempted from the provisions of this article if the vehicle is used in a farm related service industry for one period up to 180 consecutive days in 12 months. A farm related service industry may include:
(1) Farm retail outlets and suppliers;
(2) Agrichemical businesses;
(3) Custom harvesters; or
(4) Livestock feeders.
Operators employed with a farm related service industry who wish to be exempted from the commercial driver’s license requirements must apply to the Division of Motor Vehicles for a certificate of exemption.
duty military personnel operating vehicles being used for military purposes are
exempted from the provisions of this article in accordance with the provisions
of 49 CFR §383.3 (c) (2006). (c)(d) Firefighting
and rescue equipment. Operators of vehicles authorized to hold an
"authorized emergency vehicle permit" for use of red signal lights
only are exempt from the provisions of this article while the "authorized
emergency vehicle permit" is in force. Vehicles in this class include, but
are not limited to, firefighters and rescue equipment:
(1) Owned and operated by state, county and municipal fire departments;
(2) Owned and operated by state, county and municipal civil defense organizations;
(3) Owned and operated by a manufacturer engaged in a type of business that requires firefighter equipment to protect the safety of their plants and its employees; or
(4) Owned and operated by volunteer fire departments.
Operators of off-road construction and mining equipment. Operators of equipment
which, by its design, appearance and function, is not intended for use on a
public road, including, without limitation, motor scrapers, backhoes, motor graders,
compactors, excavators, tractors, trenches and bulldozers, are exempt from the
provisions of this article: Provided, That the exemption recognized by
this subsection shall not be construed to permit the operation of such
equipment on any public road except such operation as may be required for a
crossing of such road: Provided, however, That no such equipment may be
operated on a public road for a distance exceeding 500 feet from the place
where such equipment entered upon the public road. (e)(f)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 exempts vehicles used
exclusively for personal use such as recreation vehicles and rental trucks used
only to transport the driver's personal or household property.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to exempt commercial motor vehicle operators employed with a farm related service industry from the commercial driver’s license requirements for a limited time period.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.