Maine truckers say bill favors Canadian truckers

| 5/12/2005

A law recently passed by the Maine state House of Representatives has truckers who haul logs up in arms.

The law, which is to be considered by the Maine Senate the week of May 15, would create a pilot program that would allow Canadian drivers hauling logs to travel 10 miles across the Maine state border with loads of up to 140,000 pounds, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Maine truckers are only allowed to carry loads of up to 100,000 pounds.

Critics of the bill claim that it gives Canadian truckers and trucking companies an unfair advantage over Maine truckers and that it will drive down rates for those in-state truckers.

Rep. Troy Jackson, D-Fort Kent, told the Daily News that the measure could drive rates for truckers down as much as 40 percent.

“It’s a wicked bad precedent,” he said. “This will reduce trucking rates for Maine truckers even further than they are now.”

In addition, the bill could cause Maine to lose federal highway funding, while at the same time increasing costs for the state’s highway fund.

The bill calls for $6,000 in funding for the first year of the project.