West Virginia schedules public hearings on truck weights

| 5/8/2002

West Virginia officials are scheduled to hold their first of eight public meetings on truck weights this Thursday.

The Governor's Truck Safety Work Group is intended to allow the general public and special interest groups to comment on whether and how the state's trucking laws should be changed. Following the hearings, Gov. Bob Wise said he would appoint a committee to work out a compromise.

Many residents want to increase the state's ability to punish trucking companies that break weight laws. Several industry groups argue the current weight limits are archaic and newer trucks are designed to safely carry heavier loads.

The scheduled meetings are as follows (all meetings are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.):

May 9: Weir Middle School, Weirton
May 16: Nicholas County High School, Summersville
May 21: Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg
May 23: National Guard Armory, Elkins
May 28: Wyoming County East High School
June 6: Tug Valley High School, Mingo County
June 10: Riverside High School, Charleston
June 11: Madison Civic Center, Boone County