Spring has arrived! Soon all types of farm machinery will be traveling Wisconsin highways. As work continues to update Wisconsin laws related to operating agricultural vehicles on the highway, there are some new changes for 2016. In addition, new lighting and marking requirements for Implements of Husbandry (IoH) were effective of November 1, 2015.
Now is a good time to plan your routes. Factors to consider are:
- Has there been a change to the local option for weight requirements? Check out the 2016 IoH/Ag CMV Requirement map.
- Purchased new machinery and will it need to operate by permit for excess weight and length?
- Changed from a towed TMR or self-unloading forage wagon to a truck-mounted vehicle but unsure if the vehicle is an Ag CMV or a CMV.
- Need to train employees about operating on highway so what related to rules of the road?
As you change oil, check tires and hitch up field equipment, take time to be road ready and legal in 2016. Safe travels!