Monterey County Farm Bureau

Farm Security & Safety

Carrier Tie-Down Exemption

The CHP Commissioner has extended the Agricultural Carrier Tie-Down Exemption to April 30, 2020 or until the implmentation of the regulatory requirements, which are still being reveiwed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The process consists of a few components:

1.)              Each motor carrier hauling agricultural products must apply for an exemption.

Exemption applications should be faxed to the CHP Commercial Vehicle Section, at (916) 322-3154.

The application needs to include the following information: the motor carrier’s name and a current California Carrier Identification number, contact information, and method of cargo securement (i.e. corner irons and cables).  A CHP-approved standardized form is available on the CFBF website.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have received a letter from the CHP approving your request for an exemption in previous years you do not need to apply for the 2017 harvest season. Items 2 and 3 below are required.

2.)              A copy of the exemption needs to be placed in each motor vehicle covered by the exemption. It must be made available to any law enforcement official upon request.

3.)              Monthly reports need to be submitted to CHP no later than the 15th of each month.

Reports should be sent to CHP Commercial Vehicle Section, CHP; fax: (916) 322-3154 or e-mail and the monthly reports are required to contain the following information:

  1. Total number of loads by container type (bin, tub or box) transported under this exemption.
  2. Total number of miles driven under this exemption.
  3. Total number of on-highway and off-highway accidents involving loads transported under this exemption.
  4. Total number, by month, of driver hours for loads transported under this exemption.
  5. Total number of citations received for a loading, mechanical and/or driver violation issued to vehicles operating under this exemption.
  6. Total number of all other citations issued for vehicles operating under this exemption.

PLEASE NOTE: In the case of any accidents or fallen cargo, motor carriers operating under the exemption shall notify CHP Commercial Vehicle Section at (916) 843-3400, within 72 hours with the following information:

  • Date, time and location;
  • Types of vehicles and cargo containers involved;
  • Specific cargo securement devices used;
  • Possible reason(s) for the occurrence;
  • Motor carrier name and CA Number.


This exemption expires on April 30, 2018 or upon implementation of the new regulations.  CHP will revoke the exemption for any motor carrier that fails to comply with, or adhere to, all conditions of the exemption.

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