As the West
Virginia Legislature worked toward a midnight deadline March 8,
the House of Delegates approved a bill increasing coal truck weights
to 120,000 pounds.
The Senate passed
the measure on the Legislature’s final day after the House gave
the go-ahead March 7.
“coal resource transportation roads” with weight limits up to 120,000
pounds in 15 southern counties. Special permits would be needed
for weights over 80,000 pounds. The permits would cost $100 to $500.
The bill now
goes to Gov. Bob Wise for his signature. Wise told The Dominion
Post March 6 he would likely sign off on the measure as long
as it retained strict standards for enforcing the higher limits.
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.