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January 11, 2011
Kansas Signs Reciprocity Agreements with Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma;
Facilitates the interstate transfer of farm goods
Topeka, KS – The State of Kansas has signed agreements with the States of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma to permit farmers to operate farm vehicles across state lines without requiring commercial driver's licenses. Each agreement outlines the state's commercial driver's license requirements and list exemptions for the operators of farm vehicle drivers. Without these agreements, the exemption would not extend beyond the border of the farmer's home state.
"Such partnerships allow our agriculture industry to utilize federal exemptions, thus easing the regulatory burden on our farmers and ranchers," said Mike Hoeme, Director of the Kansas Corporation Commission's Transportation Division.
Under the terms of the agreements, any driver entering or exiting Kansas into or from Nebraska, Missouri or Oklahoma who possesses a valid non-commercial driver's license may operate a farm vehicle within either state, respectively, if the farm vehicle:
- Is a properly operated farm vehicle under the laws of either state;
- Is controlled and operated by a farmer, including operation by his or her employees or family members, so long as the operator holds a valid driver's license in either state and is 18 years of age or older;
- Is used exclusively to transport either agricultural products, farm machinery, farm supplies, or both to or from the farmer's farm;
- Is not used in the operations of a common or contract carrier;
- Is not a combination of truck-tractor and semi-trailer (Nebraska only);
- Is properly registered as a farm vehicle or farm truck; and
- Is only used within 150 air miles of the farmer's farm.
This agreement additionally stipulates that additional rules and conditions will apply to farm vehicle drivers transporting hazardous materials. Drivers must comply with the strictest of (1) the respective state's safety requirements; (2) Kansas' safety requirement; or (3) Federal safety requirements, as such requirements relate to the transportation of hazardous materials.
Kansas is collaborating with Colorado, Iowa, Texas and Arkansas to arrive at similar agreements.