Now Obama Wants to Force Farmers to Get Commercial Drivers Licenses

Now Obama wants to force farmers to get commercial drivers licenses.
The Gazette Virginian reported, via Free Republic:

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.

That possibility worries county farmers and others in Halifax County interested in agriculture.

“I have a CDL, but very few farmers have one,” said Nathalie farmer Ronnie Waller. “This is just another bureaucratic hurdle for the farmer.

“It’s hard enough fighting Mother Nature, insects and all…now we have to fight the federal government,” he added. “We’re getting more rammed down our throats, and I could see repercussions across the nation. This move is another inane gesture in my opinion,” Waller concluded.

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  • Ian

    Just one more tax.

  • Joanne

    He’s trying to squeeze every buck out of the little guy.

  • RF

    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.

    They want money!

  • Nano

    Facing strong criticism from farm groups, the U.S. Department of Transportation now says it won’t pursue new regulations that would require farmers to have a commercial driver’s license if they operate tractors on public roads.

    “This is good news for Wisconsin’s farmers,” Karen Gefvert, director of governmental relations for Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, said Thursday.

    “The common sense exemptions” the law now provides for farmers operating machinery on the road will now be able to continue, Gefvert said.

    Earlier, farm groups had said the Transportation Department aimed to reclassify agricultural machinery as commercial motor vehicles, which could have led to a requirement that farmers get a commercial license to move equipment on roads between fields and to their local grain mills.

    It was “overreaching and unnecessary,” Gefvert said last week.

    Lumping farm machinery into the category of commercial vehicles could have resulted in farmers having to log their mileage, even for short trips, and it could have required them to get a federal medical card showing they are fit to drive.

  • Teresa

    Anyone out there own a riding lawn mower? That will be next. This is just another tax increase from the Marxists in charge.

  • randy

    Once they classify all farm tractors etc. as Commercial Motor Vehicles it won’t be long before they regulate their emissions as well.

  • Jim

    Who are they going to hire to go out on the back 40 and enforce this ridiculous BS!!

  • Just_Saying

    So, what is the Constitutional authority for federal involvement in this (local) matter?

  • BurmaShave

    One more step in Obama’s program to destroy our country.

  • bigkahuna

    I would like a regulation that says all Presidents of Kenyon descent must get up every morning and be beaten silly by one of those farmers then made to shovel manure for an hour. I mean it should be easy when you consider he is full of it and shovels it every time he speaks

  • BurmaShave

    Another reminder that that birth certificate that was put up on the White House web page a few months ago to trump Trump was computer generated.

  • WW

    Don’t forget that if this happens the farm tractor will be subject to the new CAFE standards too.

  • RKflorida

    It’s NOT the tax or money as a primary issue, it’s CONTROL. The Socialists want to take over every aspect of our society. I guess farms are next on their devilish little list.


    biggest jag bag POS mooslime…..when will he stop breathing

  • Coasta

    Money collected to pay for the pigford settlements anyone? Let’s have a look see how many of those “farmers” have a tractor in the back barn?

    The mind goes to possible events unforseen. Think – lists made from the tractors registered, readily available, put into service upon demand. We say “no way”? We said “no way!” in 08.

  • raybojabo

    Don’t CDLs have a 21 yr old age requirement? Farmer’s kids won’t be allowed to operate any equipment untill they are 21. I guess they will have to hire union farmhands until their kids grow up. Just another “unintended consequence”, right?

  • cynic

    I learned to drive on a farm tractor when I was nine. My favorite way to help the family grove was to mow. I liked the way it looked when I was finished and it gave me lots of time to think about serious subjects. When I was 14, I graduated to the farm pick-up truck. Although I never drove on a single public street until after I was 18 and obtained a driver’s license, I was an excellent driver. Mowing over a prized tree at a tender age taught me about defensive driving and reacting to “road” conditions in an environment in which I could do no damage to human life and limb. This proposal needs to be reconsidered as it does little to benefit farmers and does a lot to damage their livlihood and the lives of their families.

  • waicool

    Obama’s minions want more money and are regulating the life out of our economy.

  • Ipso Facto

    When something doesn’t make any sense at the present moment, we have to ask under what scenario does it make any sense. Here’s what’s I think is going on.

    Obama and the Democrats want to increase the size of both the federal government bureaucracy and the number of people receiving entitlements to the tipping point of 51% of the electorate. That’s why he is working with total abandon to borrow and spend so much money and to implement thousands of new regulations which will require thousands of new “administrators”. Next watch for them to try to get Cap and Trade instituted through the EPA, (since they already deemed CO2 to be a pollutant) that will be yet another bureaucracy even bigger then Obamacare. Obama and the Democrats are working very diligently to accomplish the objective of building up their constituency to the point where most of the electorate gets either their salary or an entitlement check in the mailbox so they will vote Democratic – after that they can do whatever they want and we’ll just be screwed. Once they transform a critical mass of the electorate to be parasites of the government in one form or another, they will next establish a VAT (in England its 16%) to soak us BIG TIME to pay for all their programs.

    Under this scenario, everything Obama is doing makes total sense.

  • Coasta

    #11 Burmashave

    Keep the reminders coming!