Baird Disappointed as FMCSA Denies Farmers, Ranchers' Commonsense Petition

Press Release

Date: Nov. 30, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Jim Baird (IN, 04) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) denied Ag groups' petition for exemption:

"For the last two years, our farmers and ranchers have endured supply chain disruptions and soaring inflation rates driving up costs, yet the FMCSA's decision to ignore our producers by denying this commonsense petition to exempt truck drivers transporting agricultural commodities from federal mandates limiting the hours a driver can be on the job will only make their work more difficult," said Congressman Baird. "Transporting livestock and other agricultural commodities is a challenging task that requires flexibility; we simply cannot apply a one-size-fits-all policy to an area that necessitates a more nuanced approach."