The Texas House Transportation Committee has approved a bill
that would authorize the state highway department to increase the weight on
some sealed ocean containers by 10,000 pounds.
Lawmakers voted 6-1 earlier this month to move the bill to
the Calendars Committee, where it must clear before moving on to the full
HB1882, sponsored by Rep. Peggy Hamric, R-Houston, would
require the Texas Transportation Commission to establish, by rule, procedures
to issue annual permits and single-trip permits for transporting 90,000-pound
sealed ocean containers over a state highway if the containers are used to
pack, ship, move or transport plastic pellets or paper.
The bill also would tie the movement of the containers to 75
miles from the point of loading to a container port or intermodal rail yard in
the state, as well as allow counties to designate the route these vehicles
would be allowed to travel.
According to the Texas Legislature’s Web site, TxDOT estimates 70 of these permits would be
issued annually for tri-axle trucks to transport the loads, which would
generate approximately $140,000 in revenue for the state Highway Fund.