Can I use AG exempt

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  1. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

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    I don't think I can but the boss says I could.

    Situation.
    I'm 230 miles from my pickup of sacks of potatoes. I'm not sure but I think it's too far.

    I haven't ever used ag exempt before.
    Anyone have a good website that clearly explains the rules?
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    150 miles from pickup.

    • 49 CFR § 395.1(k) provides exceptions from the HOS rules, during planting and harvesting periods as determined by the State, for the transportation of agricultural commodities (including livestock, bees, horses, fish used for food, and other commodities that meet the definition of “agricultural commodity” under § 395.2) within a 150 air-mile radius from the source of the commodities. The exception also applies to the transport of farm supplies for agricultural purposes shipped from either a wholesale or retail distribution point to the location the supplies will be used or from a wholesale distribution point to a retailer
    ELD Hours of Service (HOS) and Agriculture Exemptions | FMCSA
     
  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    You can go 80 miles driving, then off duty (or PC with an ag note) for the rest of the 150 miles. Now that's an air mile radius, so actually a little more.

    Here are some good diagrams by the FMCSA.
    Agriculture Exemption Diagrams | FMCSA
     
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  5. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

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    So I start my day on the regular clock then once I'm 150 miles from my pickup I can go on Personal Conveyance under ag exempt, do the pickup, then go back to regular clock before going more than 150 miles from the pickup.
    This would definitely help save some of my hours.
     
  6. bigguns

    bigguns Road Train Member

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    PC is for PC only. It can’t be used to accomplish your work.
    Ag exempt is good for 172 miles.
     
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    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    Commodity has to be in harvest or planting. Storage out of season does not count. Refer to state in question USDA office or online for seasons.
     
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  8. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    I just noticed this. Are you sure this is AG exempt? I thought once it was packaged, even is sacks it's no longer AG exempt.
    I'm not too conversant in the AG stuff, so I may be wrong, but I would verify first....
     
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  9. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    You should NOT log PC, you need to log “off deputy, ag exempt to pickup location”. The notation is important to a stickler inspector. All loading time and the driving within 172 miles towards your delivery will also be ag exempt.

    The radius is 172 miles, AS THE CROW FLIES, and is for both coming and going. So if you’re 180 road miles out, yes, you most likely can go ag exempt at your current location.
     
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