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Governor signs legislation allowing tractors to go 35 mph on NY roads

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 January 2019 at 9:58 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: A combine is shown on Oct. 12 in Barre on West Barre Road during the harvest season.

Tractors and other slow-moving vehicles will be able to go faster on public roads in New York after the governor signed legislation, increasing the maximum speed from 25 to 35 miles per hour.

“A NYFB legislative victory in 2018 is now law thanks to the Governor’s signature,” New York Farm Bureau posted on Twitter on Friday. “Farm equipment can now travel at speeds up to 35 mph while using the slow moving vehicle emblem.”

The legislation will take effect in the spring.

The tractors, combines and construction vehicles need to have orange triangular signs to show they are slow-moving vehicles.

The legislation was sponsored in the State Senate by Pam Helming, a Republican from Canandaigua, and in the Assembly by Carrie Woerner, a Democrat from Saratoga County.

State legislators approved the higher speed limit, saying farm equipment has improved and can go faster than 25 mph – even 35 mph.

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