Meeting to address laws on farm machinery on Wisconsin roads

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/Photo by Tim McMahan via freeimages.com

Local town and village officials are invited to attend an educational meeting to discuss recently enacted Wisconsin legislation that updates state laws regarding farm machinery operating on Wisconsin roadways. The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Farm Bureau in Kenosha and Racine Counties are hosting this meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St. (Highway 50) in Bristol.

The Wisconsin legislation that was signed into law in April 2014 as Wisconsin Act 377, updates the definition of implements of husbandry (IOH), creates a definition for an agricultural commercial motor vehicle (Ag CMV), provides an additional weight allowance from a maximum single axle weight of 20,000 pounds to 23,000 and increases the maximum gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 92,000 pounds. Other components of the law address length and width limits, safety concerns including lighting and marking, and clarifies rules of the road.

Farmers and large equipment operators will be required to secure a No-Fee permit for overweight and over length IoH or Ag CMV from their local town, county or state unit of government, depending on the roads the equipment will be operated on. Paul Zimmerman, Executive Director of Governmental Relations with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation will be discussing how these new laws and practices will affect the agriculture industry and how they will be enforced.

For more information contact Leigh Presley at 857-1948 (Kenosha County), 767-2905 (Racine County) or at leigh.presley@ces.uwex.edu.

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  1. Golf Cart says:

    All you golf cart people should attend so you can glean a few safety items along with rules of the road that you should refresh yourselves on.

    This meeting will talk about some of the same issues that a piece of farm machinery running on roads with cars and trucks will encounter as a car versus golf cart will in the neighborhoods. Just a smaller scale.

    I swear, the first person, kid or elderly (or god forbid a drunk) killed when their golf cart is run over by a car or pick-up better not even think that their family will have any right to sue the car driver. They will need to sue the Village who sanctioned their being allow on the roads in the first place.

    Bad vote, bad idea!

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