The House of Representatives passes a bill to allow agricultural vehicles to deliver orders to homes
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would enable those with a farm vehicle registration plate to have milk and other farm products delivered to homes, the Senate Republican Communications Office reported.
Senate Bill 95 It aims to “simplify home delivery of agricultural products”. Vehicles with agricultural vehicle registration plates will be allowed to be used by the registrant or an employee of the registrar to travel to a company or residence to buy or sell agricultural commodities.
The Communications Office explained that farmers are currently restricted in transporting produce from their farms to their homes. The current vehicle code allows home delivery with commercial vehicle registration but prevents a commercial vehicle from being registered as an agricultural vehicle, according to the bureau.
“As a result, the farmer needs to purchase, register and maintain a separate commercial vehicle for home delivery, while also maintaining a farm vehicle to deliver farm goods to workplaces,” the Communications Office said.
The bill was introduced by Senator Wayne Langerholk (R-35), who is the chairman of the Transportation Committee.
“With the demand for home delivery services on the rise, farmers deserve our support — not bureaucratic red tape,” Langerholk said. “This bill will help farmers meet the growing demand for home- and businesses-delivered agricultural products, while giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy our state’s agricultural products in a more convenient way.”
The bill will now be considered in the House of Representatives.