I could not agree more, not only with chasing old tractors but many things in our so called "free country".
Part of the reason things are in such as mess is that a few stupid greedy people always ruin it for the rest of us.
All it takes is one dumbo with bad equipment running over a vehicle and killing or maiming the occupants.
There are always two side to a pancake no matter how much you flatten it.
Image if someone you knew or family got hurt or killed by a "private" trucker on their way to pick up an old tractor but they did not have the sense to check the equipment or did not care. That would put a totally different perspective on private trucking.
The other side of it is that the feds and states are hungry for money, so it has become a nice source of funds.