H. R. 843
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 28, 2011
Mr. Schock (for himself, Mr. Boswell, and Mr. Graves of Missouri) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate a rule to improve the daytime and nighttime visibility of agricultural equipment that may be operated on a public road.
Rulemaking on road visibility of agricultural equipment
Not later than 2 years after the date of
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation, after consultation with
the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, other
appropriate Federal agencies and other appropriate persons, shall promulgate a
rule to improve the daytime and nighttime visibility of agricultural equipment
that may be operated on a public road. Such rule shall establish minimum
lighting and marking standards for applicable agricultural equipment
manufactured 1 year or more subsequent to the effective date of the rule. Such
rule shall provide for methods, materials, specifications, or equipment
employed, equivalent to the standard set in ANSI/ASAE S279.14 published in July
2008 by the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers and
Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on
Highways, or any successor standard.
The Secretary shall periodically review not less than once every 5 years the standards established under this section and shall revise the standards to reflect the provisions of the edition of ANSI/ASAE S279 that is in effect at the time of the review.
Rules of construction
compliance with successor standards
No provision of any rule promulgated pursuant to this section shall prohibit the operation on public roads of agricultural equipment that is equipped according to any adopted edition of ANSI/ASAE S279 that is later than the edition of such standard that was referenced during the promulgation of the rule.
No retrofitting required
No provision of any rule promulgated pursuant to this section shall require the retrofitting of agricultural equipment that was manufactured prior to 1 year after the date on which a final rule is promulgated pursuant to subsection (a).
No effect on additional materials and equipment
No provision of any rule promulgated pursuant to this section shall prohibit the operation on public roads of agricultural equipment that is equipped with materials or equipment that are in addition to the minimum materials and equipment specified by the standards promulgated under this rule.
As used in this Act—
the term agricultural
agricultural field equipment as defined
under the standard ANSI/ASABE S390.4 published by the American Society of
Agriculture and Biological Engineers, or any successor standard; and
the term public road has the meaning given such term in section 101(27) of title 23, United States Code.