National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Manager of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus said the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) made the right decision to walk away from proposing additional transportation regulations on America’s farmers and ranchers. Bacus said that proposing additional regulations would have resulted in new financial and regulatory burdens without providing significant improvements to the safety and efficiency of transportation.
“The safety of cattle, equipment and other pedestrians on roads is a priority for cattlemen. That is why farmers and ranchers invest time and financial resources to ensure their equipment meets all current transportation standards,” Bacus said. “We were concerned that the questions raised by DOT failed to recognize the diversity within production agriculture and would have imposed unnecessary, burdensome regulations on cattlemen without providing significant improvements to a safe and efficient transportation system. We commend DOT for recognizing that new regulations are unnecessary and we appreciate the agency’s commitment to common sense rules for farmers and ranchers.