Gov. Bob Wise
said Thursday he’s likely to sign into law a bill raising the legal
weight limit for coal trucks – as long as it retains strict standards
for enforcing the higher limits, The Charleston Gazette reported.
Wise was critical
of the industry-backed bill when it was first introduced in the
Senate, saying the 19-page proposal skimped on details for enforcing
higher weight limits. Several amendments totaling 40 pages were
later added to the bill.
Among the amendments
to SB583 was a call to expand the system of “coal resource transportation
roads” to certain routes in Greenbrier, Clay, Nicholas and Webster
counties. They are in addition to the 12 counties already included
in the bill.
coal trucks would be charged a penny a ton for using the coal haul
roads, with the revenue going into a special fund for maintaining
would restore language from a bill the governor introduced in a
special session last July to strengthen enforcement of the restrictions
on coal shippers, haulers and receivers.
The bill passed
the Senate March 5 and was approved by the House Judiciary Committee
the following day. It now heads to the full House for consideration.