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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