HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would enable those with a farm vehicle registration plate to deliver milk and other agricultural products to homes, the Senate Republican Communications Office shared.
Senate Bill 95 aims to “streamline the home delivery of agricultural products.” It would allow vehicles with farm vehicle registration plates to be used by the registrant or an employee of the registrant to travel to a business or residence to buy or sell agricultural commodities.
Farmers are currently limited in transporting products from their farm to a home residence, the communications office explained. The current vehicle code permits home deliveries with a commercial vehicle registration but prevents the commercial vehicle from being registered as a farm vehicle, according to the office.
“As a result, a farmer needs to purchase, register and maintain a separate commercial vehicle for at-home delivery, while also maintaining a farm vehicle to deliver agricultural commodities to places of business,” the communications office said.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-35), who is the chair of the Transportation Committee.
“With the growing demand for at-home delivery services, farmers deserve our support – not bureaucratic red tape,” Langerholc said. “This bill will help farmers meet the rising demand for farm products delivered to homes and businesses, while giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy our state’s agricultural products with a more convenient method.”
The bill will now be considered in the House of Representatives.