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What Are the New Laws For Hauling Horses?

 

What Are the New Laws For Hauling Horses?

 

                            New Laws For Hauling Horses

 

If you haul horses, commercially or privately, there are new laws that must be adhered to.  Before I explain them to you, let me define some acronyms for you:

                 

                 CMV                commercial motor vehicle

                 CDL                 commercial driver's license

                 ELD                 electronic logging device - automatically records the                                                   number of hours a driver spends behind the wheel

You need an ELD if your trailer is a CMV.

 

How do I know if my horse truck/trailer is a CMV?

  • If your vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 lbs.
  • If you haul someone else's horse in your trailer and accept money to offset costs
  • If you haul a horse to show with the intent to win prize money
  • If you are a professional trainer and use your truck and trailer for business purposes
  • If you write off your truck and trailer as a business expense

 

Is a CDL required to haul my horses?

  • Yes, if a combination of your vehicle is a GCWR of over 26,000 lbs., and the GVWR of your trailer being towed is over 10,000 lbs.
  • Yes, if you haul any single vehicle with a GVWR over 26,000 lbs.
  • No, if your truck weighs 11,000 lbs. and your horse trailer has a GVWR of less than 15,000 lbs., you do not need a CDL

 

There are situations when an ELD is not required . . .  even when you have a CMV.  It is when . . . .

  • you are not driving more than 11 hours
  • you, as the driver, take 10 consecutive hours off between shifts
  • you begin and return your drive to the same location within 12 hour-time
  • you drive within a 100 air-mile radius (as the crow flies) from the normal starting work location

 

These rules do not apply to the occassional short-haul transportation of horses, as long as it is not for compensation or commercial purposes.

 

In general, if you are hauling for recreational purposes or not showing for prize money, you are exempt from the ELD mandate.  

 

For more information:

Contact the American Horse Council for brochure on ELDs.

Contact Part 390 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General

Information from Penn State, ExtensionHorses.org, and Rutgers.

 

Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBrigita McKelvie, Associate Broker • January 08 2018 02:08PM

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Good morning Brigita - this is good information to share with those with horse trailers.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

Good morning, Grant!

Yes, it is!  This information is very important.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

Wow brigita, Lots more rules to follow then the old days.  Thanks for the update.  Hope your weather is warming up.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 8 months ago

Brigita,

What a great informative post on the subject.  We have seen horses hauled back and forth on our freeways.  During the fires, one of our friends evacuated his horses 3 times from location to location.

We have a polo field, an equestrian community, and lots of other horse owners in the wine country.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

Good morning, Will!

It seems as though no matter what you do these days, there are many more rules to follow.  

Today is the first day since Christmas that it will be above freezing.  Woohoo!  Bring out the shorts.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

Good morning, Ron & Alexandra!

I have seen videos of the terrible fires.  This is an awful time for everyone, including those that are trying to find safety for their large animals.  I even saw the one farm release the horses to fend for themselves, hoping they will find safety.  Horrible.  A situation any horse person dreads.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

This is very good information to share with horse and vehicle owners.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Hi, Roy!

It is also very important information to know for anyone hauling horses.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

Once again, Bravo providing content apropos to your brand. You are the real deal and that is so important in real estate. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago

Hi, Debb!

Thank you, again!  

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

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