DOT targets farm tractors
One 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 drivers license. Most of these vehicle never travel on public roads unless it is a short trip to another field or a neighbor's farm.
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.
What's 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?