HDOT reminds farmers to use new forms for designation as Hawaii covered farm vehicle

Posted on Sep 13, 2022 in Highways News, Main, News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies Farmers renewing their safety checks of a new form for designated covered farm vehicles.

This applies to farm vehicles only. If you have a previously approved Exempt Vehicle form for a farm vehicle and your safety check is up for renewal, use the new form when renewing your vehicle’s safety check. All previously approved Exempt Vehicle forms will no longer be valid once your vehicle’s current safety check expires.

The current state law as set forth in Hawaii Revised Statues (HRS) 286-208, is outdated and therefore replaced by the Federal regulatory requirements as set forth in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 390.39. These requirements have been adopted by the State of Hawaii via Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) 19-141; defining and implementing the vehicle exemption category called “covered farm vehicle.” This change maintains HDOT’s compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) requirements of this bill.

Please bring the previously approved Exempt Vehicle form along with the new “Designation as a Hawaii Covered Farm Vehicle Farm” form to the Motor Vehicle Safety Office for approval. You will not be able to renew your safety check without completing the new “Designation as a Hawaii Covered Farm Vehicle” form.

The forms are available on the HDOT Motor Vehicle Safety Office page: hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/library/motor-vehicle-safety-office/ The form can be found under the “Motor Carrier Safety Section” of this page, where a link to the form is available; it is listed as “Designation as a Hawaii Covered Farm Vehicle.”  Hard copies of the forms are also available at HDOT’s Motor Vehicle Safety Office.

For more information, please contact the Motor Vehicle Safety Office at (808) 692-7660.