that would increase the weight of trucks on some of the state's
roads has passed both houses of the Idaho Legislature and
is headed to the governor's desk.
would allow multiple trailer trucks with overweight permits
to 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.
which was introduced March 31, passed the House 49-15 on
April 4 and passed the Senate 20-15 on April 11.
which opposes the measure, says it will put truckers out
of work, cause further damage to the state's roads, hurt
Idaho's already struggling economy and potentially create
hazards for all motorists who use the state's smaller two-lane
highways. Board member Bill Rode has testified against the
bill and similar measures several times.
the past, everyone has blamed the potholes and brakes in
the road on the trucks that weigh 80,000 pounds,” Rode testified. “What
will 129,000 pounds do to the roads?”
sponsor Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, said the measure was requested
by “commodity interests,” identified by the Idaho Statesman as
sugar beet, potato, wheat and grain, milk and phosphate industries.
identified some of the companies involved: Amalgamated Sugar;
Idaho Milk Producers; Idaho Hay Growers Association; Idaho
Grain Growers Association; and Boise Cascade.
association strongly opposes any change in the size and weight
of commercial trucks as the larger and heavier vehicles are
more challenging to operate and the extra risks seem to compromise
safety,” Rode said.