04 - 01 - 2010 Exempted farmers in new road safety rules jeopardies aid
The federal government has warned PA that proposed legislation to exempt farm vehicles from an update of motor carrier safety regulations, if enacted, could cost the state $28 million in annual federal aid. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, notified PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler, that the proposed legislation would put the commonwealth in violation of federal motor carrier program requirements. The legislation seeks to exclude farm vehicles & drivers of those vehicles from the new safety rules. PA updated its regulations to improve safety & bring the state into compliance with federal laws. The process began after federal audit cited a number of non-compliance issues. PA is one of nearly 25 states that have been audited.