Montana Administrative Register Notice 18-163 No. 13   07/07/2017    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 18.8.1501 and 18.8.1502 pertaining to Motor Carrier Services Safety Requirements










TO: All Concerned Persons


1. On August 7, 2017, the Department of Transportation proposes to amend the above-stated rules.


2. The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact Department of Transportation no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 28, 2017, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Dennis Hult, Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Services Division, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana, 59620-1001; telephone (406) 444-9237; fax (406) 444-6136; TTY Service (406) 444-7696 or (800) 335-7592; or e-mail dhult@mt.gov.


3. The rules as proposed to be amended provide as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:


            18.8.1501 MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY DEFINITIONS (1) remains the same.

            (2) For purposes of intrastate commerce safety operations and subchapter 15 of these rules, the department adopts by reference the definitions found at 49 CFR 390.5 with the following clarifications:

            (a) remains the same.

            (b) "Farm vehicle" means or "covered farm vehicle" is defined in 61-1-101, MCA, and has the additional meaning of a commercial motor vehicle that is used within 150 miles of the farm and is:

            (i) controlled by a farmer and operated by the farmer or a person employed by the farmer as a private motor carrier of property including operation by employees or family members of the farmer;

            (ii) being used to transport either in:

            (A) agricultural products the transportation of the farmer's own ranch, farm, orchard, or dairy products from point of harvest to market; or

            (B) farm machinery, farm supplies, or both, to or from a farm the transportation of farm supplies, commodities, or equipment to be used on the farmer's own ranch, farm, orchard, or dairy.

            (iii) and (iv) remain the same.


            (c) "Farmer" means any person who operates a farm or is directly involved in the cultivation of land, crops, or livestock which are:

            (i) owned by that person; or

            (ii) under the direct control of that person as defined in 49 CFR 390.5.

            (d) through (3) remain the same.


AUTH:  61-10-155, MCA

IMP:  61-10-141, 61-10-154, MCA


REASON: The proposed amendment is necessary to clarify the definitions of "farm vehicle," "covered farm vehicle," and "farmer" for Motor Carrier Services safety operations. The proposed new definitional language will assist both MCS officers and the public in meeting federal and state requirements for safe operation of commercial motor vehicles.


            18.8.1502 FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY RULES AND STATE MODIFICATIONS (1) through (2)(g) remain the same.

            (h) For the purpose of 49 CFR 383.3 the commercial motor vehicle exception for operators of farm vehicles applies only to farm vehicles as defined in ARM 18.8.1501.

            (i) For the purposes of 49 CFR 390.39, a covered farm vehicle is defined in ARM 18.8.1501.


AUTH61-10-155, MCA

IMP:  61-10-141, 61-10-154, MCA


REASON: The proposed amendments are necessary to make the cited federal CFR sections and Montana Administrative Rules consistent in use of the terms "farm vehicles" and "covered farm vehicle," to avoid inconsistency or confusion in carrying out safety operations for commercial motor vehicles.


4.  Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed actions in writing to: Dennis Hult, Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana, 59620-1001; telephone (406) 444-9237; fax (406) 444-6136; TTY Service (406) 444-7696 or (800) 335-7592; or e-mail dhult@mt.gov, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., August 4, 2017.


5. If persons who are directly affected by the proposed actions wish to express their data, views, or arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments to Dennis Hult at the above address no later than 5:00 p.m., August 4, 2017.


6. If the agency receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10 percent or 25, whichever is less, of the persons directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a hearing will be held at a later date. Notice of the hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register.  Ten percent of those directly affected has been determined to be 745 persons based upon the 7,454 currently registered farm vehicles in Montana.


7. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request.  Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in paragraph 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


8. An electronic copy of this proposal notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/Register.  The Secretary of State strives to make the electronic copy of this notice conform to the official version of the notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the notice and the electronic version of the notice, only the official printed text will be considered. In addition, although the Secretary of State works to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.


9. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.


10. With regard to the requirements of 2-4-111, MCA, the department has determined that the amendment of the above-referenced rules will not significantly and directly impact small businesses.


11. With regard to the requirements of 2-15-142, MCA, the department has determined that the amendment of the above-referenced rules will not have direct tribal implications.



/s/ Carol Grell Morris                                   /s/ Michael T. Tooley                      

Carol Grell Morris                                        Michael T. Tooley

Rule Reviewer                                             Director

                                                                    Department of Transportation


Certified to the Secretary of State June 26, 2017.


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