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March 08, 2013

Bipartisan Bill to Ease Fuel Transport Restrictions for Farmers

 

 

Bipartisan and bicameral legislation was introduced Thursday that will make it easier for farmers, custom harvesters and agricultural producers to safely transport the fuel they need for a day of field work. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) introduced legislation (S. 485). Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and Agriculture Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), offered the House companion bill (H.R. 1026).

 

Currently, Class A commercial drivers can only haul up to 118 gallons of fuel unless they have a hazardous materials endorsement, which is costly and time-consuming to obtain. There is already an exemption to these requirements for Class B commercial drivers. This legislation broadens that exemption to Class A drivers, who are more stringently tested.



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