Inspection and Safety Requirements for Implements of Husbandry
of husbandry are exempt from annual safety inspection requirements.
Implements of husbandry are not required to be equipped with horns,
front and rear bumpers, or rear view mirrors unless they are originally
so equipped by the manufacturer. (Pennsylvania Vehicle Code,
Chapter 45 and
Commercial implements of husbandry with an
implement of husbandry body type are exempt from annual safety
inspection requirements. All other commercial implements of husbandry
are subject to annual safety inspection requirements.
commercial implements of husbandry under 17,000 pounds are subject to
annual Pennsylvania safety inspection, while those over 17,000 pounds
must be inspected semi-annually.
- Daylight Hours -
Implements of husbandry that are operated on highways between sunrise
and sunset and not during periods of reduced visibility are exempt from
lighting requirements. The same is true of any vehicle that is towed by
an implement, if the towed vehicle is properly displaying a slow moving
vehicle (SMV) emblem.
- Nighttime Hours - Implements
operated on highways at nighttime must be equipped with a headlamp, rear
lamp, hazard lamp and reflector system that meet the requirements of
PennDOT's regulations and have this system in operation. Any vehicle
towed at nighttime by an implement will also be required to be properly
equipped with a rear lamp and hazard lamp system and have this system in
operation. Implements used exclusively for crops or nutrients being
transported at night will also be required to be equipped with and have
and operate at least one flashing or revolving yellow light or yellow
strobe light, which shall be mounted to provide visibility to vehicles
approaching from any direction, 360 degree visibility, regardless of the
method of mounting and hazard signal lamps.
Driver's License Requirements
person is not required to have a driver's license to operate an
implement of husbandry on a road, but a person must be at least 14 years
of age to do so. Persons ages 16 and older are not restricted as to
where they may operate the implement. Persons ages 14 or 15 may only
operate on roads in the immediate vicinity of the farm.
Rules of the Road
implement of husbandry designed to operate at 25 miles per hour or less
must properly display a slow moving vehicle (SMV) emblem on the rear of
the vehicle. Also because implements of husbandry are normally operated
at speeds below the speeds of normal traffic, drivers of implements
must abide by several rules that apply to slower traffic. When normal
traffic is impeded,
of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code requires the operator to operate the
implement toward right edge of the roadway, and operate on the berm or
shoulder of the roadway when it is
reasonable and safe to do so. The driver
operating on the berm or shoulder may only return to the road when it
can be done so safely and will not impede the normal and reasonable
movement of traffic.