TO PROVIDE FOR INCREASED TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY FOR BRINGING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO A MARKETPLACE BY MODIFYING THE TYPES OF ITEMS THAT MAY BE TRANSPORTED BY A FARMER WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY A REGISTRATION FEE FOR A TRAILER OR SEMITRAILER; TO MODIFY THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROPERTY HAULING VEHICLES TO ENSURE THEY ARE REGISTERED FOR THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT ALLOWABLE FOR THE VEHICLE BEING OPERATED; AND TO MODIFY THE EXCEPTIONS TO THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT ALLOWED ON LIGHT ROADS FOR A PERSON TRANSPORTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND RESIDUALS.
Amends GS 20-51(6) to add livestock, live poultry, animal waste, herbicides, fungicides, and seeds to the list of items that, when transported by farmers under certain circumstances, exempt the trailer or semitrailer on which they are transported from requirements of registration and certificate of title.
Adds new subsection (m) to GS 20-88 to provide that any vehicle weighing more than the limits in GS 20-118(b), as authorized by certain exceptions set out in GS 20-118(c), must be registered for the maximum weight allowed for that vehicle’s axle configuration, or be subject to the penalties set out in GS 20-118(e). Makes conforming changes throughout GS 20-118.
Amends GS 20-118(c) to include within the exceptions to the maximum weight allowed on light-traffic roads live poultry transported from a farm to a processing plant or market (was, first market); and water, fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides, seeds, fuel, and animal waste transported to or from a farm by a farm vehicle. Exempts certain vehicles not in excess of a single-axle weight of 26,000 pounds (was 22,000 pounds), a tandem-axle weight of 44,000 pounds (was, 42,000 pounds), or a gross weight of 90,000 pounds, that are transporting meats, live poultry, livestock, apples, Christmas trees, water, fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides, seeds, fuel, and animal waste while not operating on interstate highways from the weight limit and penalty provisions of GS 20-118. Makes additional conforming and clarifying changes.
Effective October 1, 2011, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
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