Roberts, Moran Introduce Ag-industry Transportation Legislation

U.S. Senators Pat Roberts of Kansas, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Jerry Moran of Kansas Wednesday introduced bi-partisan and bi-cameral legislation eliminating a burdensome regulation that requires agriculture industry professionals to obtain a hazardous material endorsement before transporting diesel fuel critical for a number of agricultural operations.

The Senators’ legislation exempts agribusiness participants from the requirement to obtain a hazardous material endorsement, while operating a service vehicle carrying diesel fuel in quantities of 1,000 gallons or less, if the tank containing diesel fuel is clearly marked.

Exempted parties include all custom harvesters, agriculture retailers, agriculture business employees, agriculture cooperative employees, or agriculture producers who hold a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Texas and Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota are introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

The bill has been endorsed by various agricultural entities such as the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.

Under current regulations, any driver transporting more than 119 gallons of diesel fuel is required to obtain a Hazardous Materials endorsement on their Class A CDL.