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Brubaker to legislate changes to farm equipment rules

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A legislator in Pennsylvania is going to try and change laws in the state regarding farm equipment.
A legislator in Pennsylvania is going to try and change laws in the state regarding farm equipment.

A member of the Pennsylvania State Senate said recently he plans on introducing legislation that would change regulations for farm equipment in the state.

According to LancasterOnline.com, Republican Michael Brubaker said he would craft the bill, which would change rules regarding operating the size of farm equipment on roads along with rules for driving machinery at night.

"While farm vehicles and equipment have increased in size and significantly improved over the years, the state vehicle code has not changed to meet new technologies," Brubaker said.

The website noted that law enforcement officials have generally ignored the current regulations. However, accidents involving larger farm equipment have caused some local governments to enforce the rules.

Though Brubaker's planned legislation could help farmers in the state, other federal regulations could make it more difficult for them to operate farm equipment. Through the rules, farmers might have to follow the same regulations that apply to commercial truck drivers.

A number of officials in the state have expressed concern with the rules, as have farmers in the state.
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