Laughlin Bill to Support Farmers Sent to Governor

A measure introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49) to help Pennsylvania’s farmers by updating state law regarding multipurpose agriculture vehicles (MAV) is headed to the Governor’s desk following today’s approval by the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 995 was previously approved by the Senate on June 9.

Currently, state law allows Pennsylvania farmers to use MAVs — commonly known as all-terrain vehicles and “side by side” vehicles — of up to 62-inches wide on public roads provided that they are only traveling a very limited distance from their farms.

However, many newer MAVs measure out at 64-inches wide. Senate Bill 995 would permit the use of MAVs of up to 66-inches.

“That two-inch difference may not seem to be drastic, but by using these vehicles on roadways, our farmers are now finding themselves in violation of the vehicle code,” said Senator Laughlin. “This bill is part of our continuing efforts to help Pennsylvania farmers by updating state statutes to reflect changes in the agricultural industry.”

Senate Bill 995 does not increase the distances that farmers are able to travel, nor does it roll back any safety measures that farmers must comply with in order to use these vehicles on the road.

Contact:           Matt Azeles          (717) 787-8927                      

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