West Virginia governor signs coal-truck bill

| 3/27/2003

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise signed into law March 20 a bill increasing coal truck weights to 120,000 pounds.

SB583 was approved in the House just hours before the Legislature’s regular session was scheduled to end March 8. It passed the House the previous day.

The measure establishes “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 governor 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.