U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., have re-introduced bipartisan legislation to address a problem faced by a number of farmers and ranchers around the country. When producers drive their goods between two states that do not have a reciprocity agreement for farm truck weights they are exceeding an unnecessarily low federal weight definition for commercial motor vehicles and are being ticketed and fined.
Terry Detrick of American Farmers & Ranchers says the new legislation is a step in the right direction in allowing farmers and ranchers to transport their commodities without unreasonable regulations that have no impact on roadway safety. Mike Spradling of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau says the bill will allow farmers and ranchers to drive between states without triggering the federal CMV definition of 10,001 pounds for interstate commerce.