New bill allows farm vehicles to travel even faster

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COLUMBUS – Gov. Ted Strickland signed House Bill 9, which increases the speed allowed for farm machinery while ensuring safety precautions on Ohio roadways.
Strickland said the legislation provides additional tools and flexibility to assist farmers in daily work.
“These new standards will also help lessen the traffic burden on rural roadways while ensuring the safety of all traveling Ohio roads.”
Provisions. State Rep. Jim Carmichael, R-Wooster, sponsored the bill, which requires farm machinery designed by a manufacturer to operate at a speed greater than 25 mph display a speed identification symbol and a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem.
Drivers operating such machinery above 25 mph will be required to have a valid driver’s or commercial driver’s license.

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