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jodywy

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New federal rule: Get a CDL to drive your tractor
The Department of Transportation is asking farmers and ranchers to respond to three proposals that could have a serious impact on their ability to run their farms and ranches. The issues deal with whether agriculture is inter- or intrastate commerce and whether drivers of farm equipment should be required to have commercial driver’s licenses. JONES: Currently during planting and harvesting times you can run your vehicles long enough for you to get your crops in or out of the field. If they made the determination that a farmer or rancher needed a commercial driver’s license for a tractor or other implement. They have to go through training. There is kind of an apprentice period almost with issuing commercial driver’s licenses and there is the added fees that go along with that. So all across the nation you’re looking at restrictions in terms of when you can get things in and out of the field and you’re looking at more expenses in terms of being able to operate your farm vehicles. American Farm Bureau Transportation Specialist Elizabeth Jones says as the Department of Transportation tries to learn more about how new rules would affect U.S. agriculture, farmers and ranchers need to explain how they would affect farm labor. JONES: Farmers would have to lay out the money for the commercial driver’s license and if you have employees for whom English may not be their first language, that could be problematic. Also because other industries need CDLs you could have a situation where farmers and ranchers pay to help their employees get those licenses but then at the end of the day the employee takes it elsewhere. You have that added problem of young people not being able to participate in their family farm because they won’t be able to drive a tractor because they don’t have a commercial driver’s license because they aren’t 18 yet. JONES: Farmers would have to lay out the money for the commercial driver’s license and if you have employees for whom English may not be their first language, that could be problematic. Also because other industries need CDLs you could have a situation where farmers and ranchers pay to help their employees get those licenses but then at the end of the day the employee takes it elsewhere. You have that added problem of young people not being able to participate in their family farm because they won’t be able to drive a tractor because they don’t have a commercial driver’s license because they aren’t 18 yet.
http://thewesterner.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-federal-rule-get-cdl-to-drive-your.html
 

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In Indiana if I plate a truck with Farm plates the driver does not need a CDL only a medical from.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. Most of the helpers we have do have a CDL but two of them do not and feel it would be a major inconvience to maintain a CDL.
 

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i got my CDL close to 20 years ago. the process was pretty simple and i think it was over and done with in less than a hour, but i doubt that is the case anymore. i'm glad i got mine when i did. :)
 

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Justin said:
i got my CDL close to 20 years ago. the process was pretty simple and i think it was over and done with in less than a hour, but i doubt that is the case anymore. i'm glad i got mine when i did. :)

You got your CDL when you were 9? :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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neighbor just went in to get his, cost him $1200 to go through the local VoTech class...
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
Justin said:
i got my CDL close to 20 years ago. the process was pretty simple and i think it was over and done with in less than a hour, but i doubt that is the case anymore. i'm glad i got mine when i did. :)

You got your CDL when you were 9? :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:

nope, 11 :wink:
 

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We got our California Drivers "PERMIT" for Driving from the Fields to the Ranch - When we were 13 years Old - we would deliver Hay to Redwood City @ 13 - 65/70 Miles - we got stopped one time by the CHP
We asked what we did wrong?
Nothing!
Your only 13!
It'd not our fault the Field is in Gilroy and the Barn is in Redwood City...:roll:
He let us go:!:
 

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One more interesting example of regulation vs. common sense. I'm curious how big the gardens are behind these politicians homes? Or when was the last time they "processed" a deer for the table? Or butchered anything?
They might think they have an upper hand, but when their paycheck bounces for the first time, production agriculture is going to attain a new level of importance.
 

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CDL he77, my guys don't even have drivers licenses and can't ever get them. Much less CDL's.
 

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I really should have one, but my hubby says that all the red tape with having one would be a nightmare for me... With keeping a log book and all the red tape involved....Sooooo I'm dragging my feet.. And I guess as long as my trailer has a potty, I'm good to go.... :roll:
 

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This sounds like bad news to me. I've had a big enough license to drive a truck since '76 and a CDL since '95. Then came the DOT medical card requirement. Have a blind spot in the center vision of the right eye. Had it since'91. They just kept tightening the qualifications until now i can't pass the eye exam part of the physical. Same person, same vision, no longer qualified. No more driving for the local seed corn company part-time to make a little side income.
Sounds like just one more way for Washington to get more control over us and our ranches/farms.
 

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In Indiana you can qualify with a doctors certification with only one eye as long as the vision in it is good - - - I would think you could get a review and possibly get your CDL back but it may be more touble than it is worth. Need a health certificate every year in stead of two years.
 

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I still have the state CDL, that's not the problem. It's the FEDERAL Dot medical examiners card I no longer qaulify for, but thanks for the info George. You are probably right, it' not worth the trouble, I can still haul my livestock, and alot of the people on the roads in this part of the country are terrible drivers i don't want to be on the road with anyway.... They seem to get worse every year. Maybe a blessing in disguise!
 

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