Farmers thrash idea of commercial licenses

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    Farmers thrash idea of commercial licenses

    Tim Strobel has been driving a tractor for 20 years, so he's a bit puzzled that federal officials are kicking around an idea that could ultimately force him - and anyone else operating farm machinery - to get a commercial driver's license.

    Yes, the same kind of license that interstate truckers must have to operate their rigs.

    "I am not against some training, but this is going a little bit overboard," said Strobel, a dairy farmer from Watertown.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has been collecting public comments on the notion, which the agency insists doesn't yet merit being called a "proposal."

    But it's far enough along that the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, state Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel, and a bipartisan group of 21 U.S. senators, among others, are speaking out against it.

    Farm Bureau officials say Transportation Department proposals aimed at reclassifying agricultural machinery as commercial motor vehicles could lead to a requirement that farmers get a commercial license to move equipment on roads between fields and to their local grain mills.

    It's "overreaching and unnecessary," said Karen Gefvert, Wisconsin Farm Bureau director of governmental relations.

    The additional public safety gained from increased federal regulation is unclear at best, but the additional costs for farmers would come at a time when they could least afford them, Brancel said in a letter to federal officials.

    In one scenario, farmers hauling grain to local elevators would be treated as if they were engaged in interstate commerce because grain, in many cases, eventually leaves the state.​
     
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    And people wonder why conservatives say government is the problem, not the solution. :cool:

    CDLs for farm equipment? This is an astoundingly stupid idea.
     
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    CDLs for anything..pffft.

    I can drive a tractor trailer. I don't need no stinking CDL.

    Heck..I'd like to try brain surgery too. Or being a Lawyer.

    I've always wanted to be a pilot too.
     
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    The central planners know best. How dare you question their superior intellect and deep knowledge of all markets and business. I'm amazing we manage to grow anything before the DOT. Now we can know all is well, all is well.
     
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    good lord you've gotten infected with tyranny.

    Farmers grow up learning how to operate this equipment. Who the hell are they going to get to "teach and test" farmers how to do such things.

    I'd like to cut hair. can't, not licensed
    I'd like to drive a taxi. can't not licensed
    I'd like to carry a gun. cant, can't afford my Constitution right, b/c of the cost of a license
    I'd like to hunt and fish, ooo more licesnse


    Seriously, the left looks more and more like tyrants everyday.
     
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    Tractor trailers use public roads, hence the requirement for a license.

    The other comparisions are just silly.

    Plus, why should this be a federal thing? if a state wants to require a CDL for farm equipment thats fine by me.
     
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    central planning.

    Control the food, control everything.
     
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    Youd be smarter to ignore fly=over country unless you dont like to eat.

    :eusa_whistle:
     
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    There are plenty of moronic ag implement/equipment drivers out there.
    It shouldn't matter how much experience they have- test and license them just like everyone else.
    And while they're at it- enforce load limits.
     
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    Well if they keep the vehicles on the farms and stay off the roads..I pretty much don't think it's much of an issue.
     

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