The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) to increase the allowable width for farm equipment on roads in the Commonwealth.
Senate Bill 338 would increase the allowable width for farm equipment under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code from 16 feet to 18 feet to accommodate the more common, larger equipment that farmers are using on their land that represents current industry standards.
“I’m pleased the House acted so quickly on this legislation,” Langerholc said. “Over the years, farm machinery has grown in size and has become more technologically advanced. Our laws must also evolve. We must remove barriers in state law to make it easier for our farmers to succeed and remain viable.”
“The standard width for many combines is in excess of the current 16-foot width restriction, placing our farmers in danger of being cited merely while performing farming duties on their own land,” Langerholc said. “While this bill increases that limit, it also includes additional safety measures to protect the farmers as well as the traveling public.”
Langerholc’s bill is one of seven bills making up the Farming First legislative initiative, which is designed to ensure Pennsylvania agricultural operations remain competitive and profitable for current and future generations of farmers.
The legislation now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
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