Agency Backs Away From Farmers' Driver's License

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin farmers are happy the U.S. Department of Transportation is backing away from its plan to reclassify agricultural machinery as commercial vehicles.

The move would have required farmers to have a commercial driver's license to operate tractors on public roads. Farmers would have to log their mileage and get a medical card that shows they're fit to drive.

State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says it wasn't clear how the new regulation would have increased public safety.

The Journal Sentinel says the DOT backed off after hearing from 21 senators and receiving 1,700 comments.

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