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Proposed rule on farms called Ďabsurdí
gazettevirginian.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | Sonny Riddle

Posted on 08/12/2011 6:27:45 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

A new rule being proposed by the federal Department of Transportation would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is a part of DOT, wants to adopt standards that would reclassify all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles, officials said. Likewise, the proposal, if adopted, would require all farmers and everyone on the farm who operates any of the equipment to obtain a CDL, they added.

The 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.

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.

If 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.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: cdl; dot; farm; farmers; farming; farms
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1 posted on 08/12/2011 6:27:49 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

time to bring back mules and oxen

oh wait, then there’s PETA


2 posted on 08/12/2011 6:30:10 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Another department that needs to be defunded. This is beyond stupid.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 6:31:23 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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Dear sonny, you are a fool, a proposed rule cannot change state law. Now read up on what the state law is in VA about CDLs and farmers. Which is about the same in every state.
4 posted on 08/12/2011 6:33:07 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: org.whodat

Obama can just sign an executive order. “Stroke of the pen, law of the land”.


5 posted on 08/12/2011 6:35:09 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Like most Federal bureaucrats, they need to create work for themselves.


6 posted on 08/12/2011 6:35:45 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.


7 posted on 08/12/2011 6:36:24 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: ilovesarah2012

This is another action that intends to extend federal control over food supplies.


8 posted on 08/12/2011 6:36:56 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: ilovesarah2012

This is ridiculous, most people drive tractors on private land.


9 posted on 08/12/2011 6:37:50 AM PDT by tiki
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Daddy had me on tractor when I was 12 or 13. Heck I used to ride to the store to to get a coke on one.


10 posted on 08/12/2011 6:38:35 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (BE BOLD SARAH)
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To: ilovesarah2012
It's looking like sanity may have been reimposed on the DOT, for now:

Agency backs away from commercial license requirement for farmers

11 posted on 08/12/2011 6:41:39 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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This takes stupid to a whole new level. These people are dangerously stupid, they are literally trying to kill our economy.
12 posted on 08/12/2011 6:42:35 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Rick Perry 2012 !)
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If farmers can be required to pass CDL tests then candidates for Congress should be required to pass tests on the Constitution and the voters should be required to pass test on knowledge of Government and political leaders.


13 posted on 08/12/2011 6:43:06 AM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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To: tiki

All those guys who acquiesce to the notion that driving is a “privilege” since see do it on publicly financed roads. We are just about to be told by our government that driving is a privilege ON OUR OWN LAND.


14 posted on 08/12/2011 6:43:13 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ilovesarah2012

The reason that kids can get driver’s licenses at 14 in Kansas is so that they can drive the wheat from the field to the elevators. And in my experience, the trucks that they use don’t have any type of tags, maybe for Missouri too.


15 posted on 08/12/2011 6:43:18 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: phormer phrog phlyer
*Another department that needs to be defunded. This is beyond stupid.*

Here's a budget cut. Also any money going to the UN, Federal Education agencies (keep it local), NPR, EPA, and any other worse than useless (destructive) departments.

16 posted on 08/12/2011 6:43:21 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Republicans should demand a moratorium on new regulations and use this outrage to support their position.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 6:44:31 AM PDT by DManA
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To: ilovesarah2012

Looking at three things here:

1- absolute control
2- in the Marxist eyes, small farmers are independent minded small business people, which they hate
3- Marxists need to control the food supply . . . it gives them more power to strong-arm non-compliant citizens; they have been known to create a punishing famine before

This proposal is evil to the core!


18 posted on 08/12/2011 6:45:20 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Thanks. I guess they decided to listen to farmers. It’s just scary, though, what they try to sneak by us. I’m beginning to hate my government.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 6:45:36 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: tiki

During planting and harvest seasons, farmers will work 24, maybe 36 hours without sleep. Is the DOT gonna require that we observe some sort of hours of service law in our own fields? Could they at least order God to hold off on weather changes while we rest?


20 posted on 08/12/2011 6:47:29 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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