Plans dropped to require license for farmers to drive equipment on roads

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 11:46 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine farmers say they’re glad the federal government is dropping plans to require them to get commercial driver’s licenses to drive farm equipment on public roads.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was scrapping the plans because of concerns from farmers across the country.

The Kennebec Journal said the new rules would have prohibited teenagers from operating machinery and the physical requirements might have prevented older farmers from getting the licenses.

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe was one of 21 senators who signed a letter opposing the changes. She said she was pleased the “needless” regulations had been dropped.

Union farmer John Field said the law would have required a farmer to have a CDL to bring hay in from the field. He called it unnecessary.

 

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