West Virginia's attorney
general says the state isn't doing enough to keep overweight coal trucks off
highways. Gov. Bob Wise is said to be studying the issue.
Attorney General Darrell
McGraw says he wants to start a pilot program to show just how inadequate
state enforcement efforts are, according to The Dominion Post. Instead of
targeting drivers, McGraw wants the state to target coal companies that contract
with the drivers. "We want to file a legal action to challenge coal companies
who are overloading the trucks and challenge the people (dock owners) who
are receiving the coal, profiting from the contraband in overloaded trucks,"
The load limit on West
Virginia's rural roads is 65,000 pounds and 80,000 pounds on four-lane highways.
However, coal trucks are often stopped carrying between 140,000 and 185,000