Senate Bill Allows Farm-Area 'K-Tag' Vehicles To Travel Further - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Senate Bill Allows Farm-Area 'K-Tag' Vehicles To Travel Further

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MARYLAND - Traveling will now be a little easier for farmers in Maryland.

Today, the Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) announced the passage of Senate Bill 221, which will allow the expansion of farm-area vehicles with a "class K registration" to travel from 10 to 25 miles. Vehicles with this registration have a 'K' on the end of the license plate.

According to reports, for over two years, MFB worked closely with the State Highway Administration to put forward a bill that would expand the current 10-mile radius of a Class K registration, better known as a K-tag. Farmers say with operations expanding, the legislation is a big step.

"There's a lot of farmers that are traveling for land now, you can't just pick it up next door for you, you've got to travel to get it," says Brian Johnson, owner and operator of Elseed Farms Inc.

Johnson says he travels to an area that is about 25 miles away to farm, and he can now get there legally without having to retag and inspect the vehicles.

"That's a huge expense for farmers."

The MFB says the passage of this legislation will also curb fraud when non-farming vehicles apply for a K-tag.  Farmers will reportedly now submit a schedule F tax form or show proof of farming activity at the time of renewal or initial application. Officials say there is a five-year limit on the radius increase, to look at the economic impact of the expansion.

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