Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Farming? Get A License!
Now Obama Wants to Force Farmers to Get Commercial Drivers Licenses
Obama wants to force farmers to get commercial drivers licenses
Obama wants to have more control of the food supply. The obama administration will cause food prices to increase even more because of the cdl requirement for farmers. Obama wants to control you from the time your born until you die. Obama is regulating anything and everything. He continues to spread the wealth around like the communist socialist he is. Obama is a traitor. He is the enemy within. Obama is a liar who cannot validate his US citizenship. The HOAX of obama the fake president continues. Story Reports
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.
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.
Regulators are suggesting that all wheat shipments be considered interstate, even when farmers making short hauls to local grain elevators aren’t crossing state lines. The change would make commercial driver’s licenses — and all the log books and medical requirements that go with them — a necessity for farmers. Some might not qualify.
The licenses would also be required of farmers driving farm equipment down public roads. Farmers hauling grain for a neighbor or landlord would be considered commercial drivers hauling for someone else.
Ranchers hauling livestock in trailers as small as 16 feet would also be subject to the new rules.
Under the proposal, tractors, combines and pickup trucks hauling trailers would be regulated as commercial vehicles,” Rehberg wrote. “Producers who operate these vehicles would be required to obtain commercial driver’s licenses, medical cards and log their hours as if they were long-haul truck drivers.
Traditionally, farmers driving farm machinery have been exempt from commercial driver’s licenses, as have farmers hauling wheat, provided they didn’t cross state lines and traveled no farther than 150 air miles to the elevator.
FMCSA argues that because grain will ultimately be shipped out of state, it should be regulated as an interstate product at every transportation step. Treated as a product destined to cross state lines, grain becomes federally regulated under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The bigger issue in the federal proposal is whether commercial driver’s licenses are required for farmers in crop-sharing agreements involving leased farmland where everyone has a stake in the crop’s sale.