DOT targets farm tractors
of the rites of passage in rural life comes when parents decide a child
is old enough to help out by driving the tractor. If the Obama
administration has its way that will be a thing of the past. The
Federal government now proposes to require that motorized farm equipment
carry DOT id numbers and that all users have a commercial driver's license. Most of these vehicle never travel on public roads unless it is a short trip to another field or a neighbor's farm.
proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or
operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to
pass the same tests and complete the same detailed forms and logs
required of semi-tractor trailer drivers.
would keep logs of information including hours worked and miles
traveled. Vehicles would be required to display DOT numbers. A CDL in
Virginia costs $64 for eight years, or $8 per year, not including the
cost of an instructional class and the written test.
the DOT reclassifies farm vehicles and implements as commercial
vehicles, the federal government will have regulatory control over the
nation's farm workers, estimated at over 800,000, by requiring them to
have commercial drivers licenses.
next from the Obama administration? Will HHS require all parents to
have a nursing license before they can dispense an orange flavored low
dose aspirin tablet to their child?
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