Idaho bill would increase overweight permit limits

| 3/4/2003

A new bill in Idaho would increase the weight of trucks allowed on some Idaho roads.

Under HB282, multiple trailer trucks with overweight permits could weigh up to 129,000 pounds. The current restriction is 105,500 pounds. The trucks would only be allowed on specified highways in the state, all in the southern half.

The South Idaho Press said the bill was supported by agribusiness interests in the state. However, it is opposed by railroad interests even though the railroads do not serve the loads the trucks would carry, JoAnn Wood of the House Transportation and Defense Committee told the newspaper.

The bill was introduced Feb. 20 and sent the next day to the transportation committee.