Bill Makes it Easier to Register Farm Vehicles |

Bill Makes it Easier to Register Farm Vehicles

The Colorado House of Representatives last week granted initial approval to a proposal by Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, that would make it easier for Colorado’s farmers and ranchers to register vehicles used for farm-related work.

House Bill 1101 would give county clerks the tools to identify the legitimacy of the use of the vehicle for farm purposes. Owners would not have to present proof, beyond state requirements, that his or her source of income or business is agriculture.

“In this economy many farmers and ranchers have to take second jobs outside the farm or ranch because they do not always make the majority of their income from the land itself,” Baumgardner said. “Under my bill, an exemption would apply to registration of farm trucks and truck tractors that are used on property classified for tax purposes as agricultural land that would help preserve the family farm.

“I’ve worked closely with the county clerks who were having a hard time trying to identify who the owner of the farm truck really is or what his or her line of work is.”

Under current state law, a county clerk would require a person to demonstrate to the Department of Revenue that agriculture is their primary business or source of income before registering a truck or truck tractor as a farm or ranch vehicle. It further requires the person to affirm that the vehicle to be registered as a farm truck will be used for the primary purpose of transporting agricultural products, materials, equipment, or machinery.

In addition to state requirements, some counties have specific requirements to ensure that a vehicle will be used for farming or ranching purposes prior to registration as a farm truck.

HB 1101 was granted initial approval by the Appropriations Committee, 13 to 0, on March 5. The measure will now be voted on by the House before it can go to the state Senate for further debate.

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