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CDLs not required, DOT official tells agriculture

Responding to concerns in the agriculture community, a Department of Transportation official last week said there are no plans to require commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) for those who operate farm equipment on public roads or take their products to market.

Reports had spread that CDLs would be required as part of federal rule changes. That raised a number of concerns, including the added expense of obtaining a CDL. Additionally, a person needs to be 18 years or older to obtain a CDL, which would limit the work that younger teenagers could perform.

But U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari made it very clear in a radio interview last week that no such changes are planned. “We are not – repeat not – proposing any commercial driver’s license regulations,” he said.



And, nothing like that is planned in the future, he added. “The door’s shut,” he said. “We have no plans to do anything like that.”

The concerns arose, he said, when one Midwestern state misinterpreted the rules. That state looked at crop-share leasing and interpreted it as a “for-hire” contract, which would have required a CDL. But the interpretation has since been clarified and there are no rule changes contemplated for the transport of agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies to or from a farm.



Responding to concerns in the agriculture community, a Department of Transportation official last week said there are no plans to require commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) for those who operate farm equipment on public roads or take their products to market.

Reports had spread that CDLs would be required as part of federal rule changes. That raised a number of concerns, including the added expense of obtaining a CDL. Additionally, a person needs to be 18 years or older to obtain a CDL, which would limit the work that younger teenagers could perform.

But U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari made it very clear in a radio interview last week that no such changes are planned. “We are not – repeat not – proposing any commercial driver’s license regulations,” he said.

And, nothing like that is planned in the future, he added. “The door’s shut,” he said. “We have no plans to do anything like that.”

The concerns arose, he said, when one Midwestern state misinterpreted the rules. That state looked at crop-share leasing and interpreted it as a “for-hire” contract, which would have required a CDL. But the interpretation has since been clarified and there are no rule changes contemplated for the transport of agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies to or from a farm.


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