Peterson Introduces Fuel Transport Bill

Mar 6, 2015 Issues: Transportation

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson this week introduced legislation (H.R. 1267) to make it easier for farmers, custom harvesters and agriculture producers to safely and efficiently transport fuel.

“During the busiest times of the year, producers have to make multiple trips to the fuel station, taking away from time better spent in the field. This legislation will broaden the fuel allowance and ease some of these impractical regulations,” Peterson said. “H.R. 1267 will allow farmers to save both time and money during harvest.”

Current regulations require certain class A commercial drivers licensed drivers to obtain a hazmat endorsement while operating a service vehicle with a fuel tank of 1,000 gallons or less of diesel fuel. Without this endorsement they are prohibited from transporting more than 118 gallons of fuel at a time. H.R. 1267 would exempt certain class A drivers from this requirement.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas and companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.