Except for the drive to the grain elevator at harvest, farmers and truckers don’t have much in common. That’s why Mike Marron is one Illinois farmer who wants the state to opt out of federal transportation rules which now apply to both.
Marron, assistant secretary-treasurer of the Illinois Soybean Association, is a fifth-generation corn and soybean farmer in Vermilion and Champaign Counties. He says Illinois should join other states in passing exemptions about the weight of a load and what sort of driver’s license a farmer needs.
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“We have had some neighbors that have gotten some overload tickets and things of that nature,” says Marron. “It’s hard when you’re filling a truck up in the field; nobody could afford to carry a portable scale around with them to check every load. It’s just not practical.”