Miami port trucks tip scales

| Thursday, August 24, 2006

Many of the trucks leaving the Port of Miami are consistently overweight – and very little is being done about it.

The Miami Herald reported that nearly half of the 2,500 trucks that come in and out of the port each day are in violation of weight restrictions.

The Herald reported that the International Brotherhood of Teamster became so concerned about the problem that it requested that the port authority weigh trucks as they leave.

Random inspections over a 5-month period this year showed that 40 percent of the trucks checked were overweight in a given week – and in some weeks the number was as high as 70 percent.

According to The Herald, there’s only minimal enforcement by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Bill Johnson, acting director of the port, told The Herald that, though the port itself has no authority to levy a fine, it may partner with the Florida DOT to increase penalties for overweight trucks.

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