Senate bill should help keep heavy trucks off local roads

first_imgToday, the Senate passed a bill that encourages large commercial trucks to travel on Vermont’s interstate highways by reducing the penalty for overweight violations of the federal weight limit to one dollar.  In some cases, trucks that exceed the federal weight limit of 80,000 pounds on the interstate will avoid paying significant penalties by traveling on secondary roads.  With S93, An Act relating to Commercial Vehicle Operation on the Interstate System, those trucks are expected instead to stay on the interstates.  The bill received broad bipartisan support and was passed unanimously through all stages of passage.“The current system causes large commercial trucks to travel on our local state highways and through our downtowns,” said Senator Dick Mazza, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “This traffic disrupts downtown business and damages our roads.”“In these difficult fiscal times we need to be doing everything we can to help our small local businesses,” said President Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin.  “This bill will relieve downtown traffic and improve the condition of our roads and bridges.”last_img

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