AUGUSTA – After months of examining a series of accidents involving hay-rides in Maine including a fatal crash back in October of 2014, state lawmakers admit there’s little that can be done.
The bill known as “Cassidy’s Law” was proposed last year to require permitting and inspection of hayrides just like amusement rides at fairs and carnivals.
“There was not a lot of incidents to lead to, this is something that is a great problem to us in the state as far as trying to regulate it is concerned.” said Fire Marshal Joe Thomas.
After months of examining the issue, State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas says he and ten other stakeholders don’t believe regulation would be possible. For one, he says, there’s no standard.
“As we looked we could find absolutely nothing as far as specific criteria is concerned for how you would inspect these vehicles, the trailers, the tow vehicle etc.” Thomas added.
No state agency oversees motorized farm rides and it would require additional staff to do so.
“We don’t have that kind of resources this would take a division unto itself.” stated Fred Lunt of the Maine Fair Association.
“I really think that you get to a point where you cant have a law for everything that happens, every misfortune that happens and i think this was one of the cases.” Lunt continued.
Fred Lunt heads the Maine Fair Association and sat on the task force. He says overall, there are few incidents involving these types of rides.
Lunt also stated, “Nobody wants to put anybody else in danger when they’re doing this a lot of this is judgement and the lack of judgment.”