By Mark Reddig
Host Land Line Now
For some time, truckers based in New York, or who run through the state, have been fighting officials over highways in the Finger Lakes region.
State officials have proposed banning heavy trucks from a number of highways there, after residents filed complaints over truck traffic.
However, the complaints were mainly over trash trucks, not over-the-road, interstate haulers.
We would have preferred some compromise that would have allowed most trucks to continue to use those roads.
For example, one compromise proposed would have implemented so-called “R permit” restrictions on the state routes throughout the Finger Lakes region, restricting the weight limit a truck can carry to 80,000 pounds.
That would still allow farmers and truckers to use these routes, but would catch trash trucks, which often carry 109,000 to 119,000 pounds.
However, I spoke recently with one of the folks here in the building who’s been keeping an eye on this situation. Land Line Staff Writer Clarissa Kell-Holland says that despite attempts to reach a compromise, the state has a formal proposal on the table that would basically ban all trucks from those highways.
However, the state has to take comments on that rule, just as the feds do with proposed regulations.
They recently extended the deadline for comments. You now have until Nov. 30 to file those comments. We strongly encourage you to do so.
You can submit comments to:
Yomika Bennett, Director of State and Local Relations
New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12232
You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share your views on the issue with New York officials.LL