Friday, August 12, 2011

When does over-regulation slide into tyranny?

According to the Gazette Virginian:
A new rule being proposed by the federal Department of Transportation would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is a part of DOT, wants to adopt standards that would reclassify all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles, officials said. Likewise, the proposal, if adopted, would require all farmers and everyone on the farm who operates any of the equipment to obtain a CDL, they added.
The proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to pass the same tests and complete the same detailed forms and logs required of semi-tractor trailer drivers.
Is there anything the Obama administration doesn't want to regulate (and tax)? When does overregulation slide into tyranny? I think our founding fathers would say we've already crossed the line.


Kevin said...

This rule makes sense if you drive your tractor on a road that is federally maintained or perhaps if you drive your tractor on a road that crosses state lines. Otherwise, it seems that this is a state issue. Where the Federal government presumes it gets this power to regulate and "reclassify" is beyond me.

I don't see the Federal or State government has any right to say who can drive a tractor on their own land.

Kevin said...

To clarify my previous post; the only federally maintained roads that I know of are the US Interstates (perhaps US highways). I don't see too may tractors on either road.