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AB-1135 Agricultural vehicles: beekeeping.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 34500.6 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

34500.6.
 (a) For purposes of this division, an agricultural vehicle is a vehicle or combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating or a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) Is operated by a farmer, an employee of a farmer, or an instructor credentialed in agriculture as part of an instructional program in agriculture at the high school, community college, or university level.
(2) Is used exclusively in the conduct of agricultural operations when operating in commerce.
(3) Is not used in the capacity of a for-hire carrier or for compensation.
(4) The towing vehicle has a gross weight rating of 16,000 pounds or less.
(5) Is used solely in intrastate commerce.
(b) For purposes of this division, an agricultural vehicle used for beekeeping is a vehicle or combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating or a gross vehicle weight rating of 36,000 pounds or less if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) Is operated by a beekeeper, an employee of a beekeeper, or an instructor credentialed in agriculture as part of an instructional program in agriculture at the high school, community college, or university level.
(2) Is used exclusively in the conduct of agricultural operations related to beekeeping when operating in commerce.
(3) Is not used in the capacity of a for-hire carrier or for compensation.
(4) The towing vehicle has a gross weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less.
(5) Is used solely in intrastate commerce.
(c) For purposes of this division, a beekeeper is a person who owns, operates, maintains, possesses, or otherwise controls an apiary, and earns more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) annually from agricultural activities related to beekeeping.
(b) (d)  On or before January 1, 2022, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, in consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, shall report to the Governor and the Legislature about the impact of excluding an agricultural vehicle, as defined in subdivision (a),  (a) and (b),  from the provisions of Section 34501.12. The report shall include, but is not limited to, information about collisions involving excluded vehicles and any traffic safety issues associated with excluded vehicles. The report described in this subdivision shall be submitted pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) (e)  This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2023, deletes or extends that date.