to allow trucks to haul 120,000 pounds of coal on certain state roads tripled
its weight Monday.
version of SB583, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin, D-Mingo,
grew from 19 to 58 pages. The new bill adds weight reporting and enforcement
provisions from a bill supported by Gov. Bob Wise last year.
recently he refused to support any bill that increased weight limits without
the provisions, which include real-time reporting of truck weights as they
leave the shipper and streamlined enforcement, according to The Charleston
proposal, the bill authorizes the Public Service Commission to enforce
shippers would be required to provide real-time electronic reporting of
coal vehicle weights and would be subject to fines for allowing a truck
to leave overweight.
could be fined and eventually have their licenses suspended or revoked
for running overweight.
of overweight loads would be “immune” from prosecution if they report the
violation to the PSC within 24 hours.