Brubaker Farm Equipment
Transportation Measure Headed to Governor's Desk
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would allow farmers to move
farm equipment more freely on Pennsylvania roads is headed to the governor's
desk to be signed into law, according to the bill's sponsor Sen. Mike Brubaker
Senate Bill 390 would allow for the transportation of wider equipment, such
as tractors, grain haulers, front end loaders and hay bailers, on Pennsylvania
roads. The bill would also permit farm equipment transportation at night if
proper safety precautions are taken.
"New farm equipment grows a little larger and more
efficient each year, but current laws make it almost impossible for many farmers
to transport this equipment legally," Brubaker said. "Easing these restrictions
will help producers access the equipment they need while ensuring proper steps
are taken to protect the safety of motorists."
Under Brubaker's legislation,
equipment with a width up to 14 feet, 6 inches could be transported within 50
miles of the owner's farm if proper safety provisions are observed.
Transportation would also be permitted after sunset if additional safety
precautions are taken to improve the visibility of the equipment to better
protect motorists. Current law only permits farmers to move equipment at night
under very specific circumstances and only during certain times of the year.
Senate Bill 390 would also allow for the transportation of
equipment between 14 feet, 6 inches and 16 feet in width during any time of day,
although tighter safety restrictions apply.