~ 5760 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-.- SENATE April 29, 1971
FARM VEHICLE DRIVER
of us in the Congress representing States
with large agriculture interests have
been receiving hundreds and thousands
of letters opposing motor carrier safety
regulations for farm vehicle operators.
This group has been historically exempted.
The new regulations, if approved;
would require that every farmer,
member of his family, or employee driving
trucks in interstate commerce would
have to be 21 years of a.ge and meet a
number of other requiremen,ts. I find
it difticult to understand why this group
is being brought under these regulations.
It would place a great financial burden
on the small farmers and ranchers.
Traditionally, farmers have depended
upon family members and young people
hired to drive farm vehicles. It must be
remembered that these young people are
raised with the proper respect for the
operation and use of these vehicles. In
fact, I think the safety record is quite
high in this area. At a time when we are
attempting to place additional responsibilities
on our young people, the Department
of Transportation is working in
the opposite direction.
I have addressed myself to the Secretary
of Transportation on this matter
and I ask that my letter by printed in
the REcORD at the conclusion of my remarks.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without
objection, it is so ordered.
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