With harvest under way, farmers should call their highway commissioners before traveling over hot roads, advised Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau senior director of local government.
“The excessive heat and the early harvest combine to up the odds that some harvesting will occur while oil and chip roads are hot and soft,” Rund said.
He recommended farmers contact their highway commissioners so the commissioners have a chance to put a layer of chips on the roads to prevent “rolling-up” the oil seal coat on truck or farm equipment tires.
Rund also provided answers to other transportation-related questions:
A farmer asked if he could still use a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) online “form MCS-150” that was labeled to expire July 31. One use for the form is to address a farmer’s status as an intrastate or interstate carrier.
Rund said the FMCSA confirmed the agency would “continue to accept and process the form with the July 31 date.” The form is online
Another farmer asked if he could make online changes to the status of a carrier’s U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number.
An individual may sign up online initially for a USDOT number at the USDOT website, and he also may make periodic updates online, Rund noted. However, online changes are not an option for an individual who already has registered for a USDOT number and wants to deactivate the number or switch to intrastate status while keeping the number active, Rund added.
That individual must print out the MCS-150 form and mail or fax it to the USDOT to complete the change. Farmers are advised to use only one method -- either mail or fax -- to submit the form.
More information is available online at www.ilfb.org/policy-and-issues/current-issues/transportation-and-infrastructure.aspx