2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 25, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Olsen and Tiffany,
cosponsored by Representatives
Spiros, Considine, Knodl, Kulp, Mursau,
Oldenburg, Plumer, Ramthun, Tauchen, Tusler and Wichgers. Referred to
Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs.
1An Act to amend
343.055 (1) (c) of the statutes; relating to: commercial driver
2license waiver for certain operation of commercial motor vehicles by farmers.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill expands an exception from the commercial driver license (CDL)
requirement for certain use of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by farmers.
Under current law, the definition of “commercial motor vehicle” includes a
single vehicle or combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating,
registered weight, or actual gross weight (generally, the weight of vehicle while
carrying a full load) of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross
vehicle weight rating, registered weight, or actual gross weight of more than 10,000
A person may not, in general, operate a CMV without a valid CDL. Current law,
however, provides several exceptions from the CDL requirement allowing, for
example, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, and rescue squad members who hold
valid operators' licenses other than CDLs to operate CMVs under specified
circumstances. Another current exception allows farmers to use a CMV without
holding a CDL if all of the following apply: 1) the use is within 150 miles of the
operator's farm; 2) the CMV is used to transport agricultural products, farm
machinery, or farm supplies, including hazardous materials requiring placarding, to
or from a farm; and 3) the CMV is operated and controlled by a farmer.
This bill eliminates requirement 1) from the CDL exception for farmers and
family members or employees of a farmer, except when transporting hazardous
materials. Thus, under this bill, a farmer or family member or employee of a farmer
may use a CMV without holding a CDL if the CMV is used to transport agricultural
products, farm machinery, or farm supplies to or from a farm and the CMV is
controlled by a farmer. Current law pertaining to transporting hazardous materials
requiring placarding would remain unchanged.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
343.055 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
The operator of the commercial motor vehicle is a 3
farmer or a family member or employee of a farmer
who is using the commercial 4
motor vehicle within 150 miles of the operator's farm
to transport agricultural 5
products, farm machinery,
or farm supplies
including transporting hazardous
6materials requiring placarding,
or a combination thereof to or from a farm and the 7
commercial motor vehicle is operated and
controlled by a farmer and not used in the 8
operations of a common motor carrier or contract motor carrier, as defined in s. 9
194.01 (1) and (2). If the operator of the commercial motor vehicle is transporting
10hazardous materials requiring placarding, the waiver under this paragraph applies
11only within 150 miles of a farm where the operator is a farmer or a family member
12or employee of a farmer.
In this paragraph, “controlled" means leased or owned; and 13
“farmer" and “leased" have the meanings given in s. 340.01 (18) (b).