The presentation primarily covered Senate Bill 79, which passed in March this year. Officer Chris Green of the Kentucky State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division said the purpose of the new law is to provide certain exemptions to Kentucky farmers.
Farmers with vehicles that are registered for 26,000 pounds or less that are used in farming and agricultural activities are exempt from needing a medical certificate, don’t need brakes on their trailers and don’t need annual inspections.
“Traditionally, you had to have those three things. If you drove a truck that had a trailer behind it, you had to have a medical card, and then both the truck and trailer had to have annual inspections, and then you would have had to have a breakaway device and brakes on the trailer,” said Green. “That was before the new law.”
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