Debunking the legend about farm tractors
By W. Gardner Selby
Published on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.
It's the latest outrage about excessive federal regulation: The government, critics say, wants to require farmers to have a commercial drivers license just so they can drive their tractors across a road.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry mentioned it during a speech at an Iowa dinner on Aug. 14, 2011.: "Now you tell me whether this is true or not. But one of my fellas just told me, he said that they're talking about a new regulation that if you drive your tractor ... across one public road, you're going to have to have a commercial driver's license. Get out of here! You're kiddin' me. I mean, what are they thinking?"
The former cotton farmer and Texas agriculture commissioner sounded more certain by the next morning, saying in remarks excerpted on CNN’s Aug. 15 "Newsroom": "Let me give you just a — this is such an obscene, crazy regulation. They want to make — if you are a tractor driver, if you drive your tractor across a public road, you are going to have to have a commercial driver's license. Now, how idiotic is that?"
PolitiFact Texas checked it out and rated Perry's claim False.
See Truth-O-Meter item.
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