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ARA Signed Letter Supporting Amendment to Modernize Seasonal Ag CDL Program

Jun 15 2021

ARA and the undersigned organizations sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation expressing strong support of the Moran-Thune Amendment to the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021 because it would modernize the Farm-Related Restricted Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program, also known as the Seasonal Ag CDL program.

The amendment would implement the following reforms that are beneficial to ARA members:

  • Provide more flexibility by expanding the total days allowed to utilize Farm-Related Restricted CDL drivers up to 270 days to accommodate for the longer seasons, which can fluctuate from year to year due to climate change as well as more diversified crop production. 
  • Ensure the new 12-month seasons restart each calendar year on Jan. 1 to prevent any overlap of seasons from the previous year. 

Read more in the letter sent the day before the Committee's mark-up.