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Bill would allow Pa. students to drive tractors to school for events

April 09, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said Monday he plans to introduce legislation soon to support agriculture education by allowing students to participate in Drive Your Tractor to School Day.

Current law only allows a tractor or truck with a farm vehicle registration plate to be used exclusively on a farm, on farms owned or operated by the registrant of the vehicle, or on highways between farms, according to a news release.

Alloway’s bill would allow students to drive their truck or truck tractor between the farm and a secondary school for annual events such as “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” with the permission of the school, the news release stated.

“Farming is an important part of our state heritage, and agriculture remains one of the commonwealth’s top industries,” Alloway said in the news release. “This event offers the next generation of farmers a valuable opportunity to share this heritage with their classmates.”

In February, students at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., continued their school’s tradition of Drive Your Tractor to School Day. People reportedly complained to Pennsylvania State Police, who reminded school officials about the laws that prohibit driving tractors on roadways for nonfarming purposes.

School officials said at the time the tradition would come to an end unless an agreement could be worked out among police, students and school personnel.

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