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