Three bills of interest to truckers are under consideration
in the Maine Legislature.
One bill would require the Maine Turnpike Authority to
create incentives for trucks to use the toll road. Sponsored by Rep. Boyd
Marley, D-Portland, the bill - LD19 - would direct the authority to consult
with the state's Department of Transportation to develop strategies designed to
divert large truck traffic from Interstate 295 and onto the Maine Turnpike.
Another measure offered by Marley is intended to make a
portion of I-295 a little safer. That bill - LD6 - would direct the Maine DOT
to inspect and improve guardrails along two stretches of the route through
One other bill would repeal a Sept. 15, 2007, sunset
provision in the state's axle weight law. Sponsored by Rep. Douglas Thomas,
R-Ripley, the bill - LD9 - would make permanent certain fine amounts for
six-axle trucks hauling special commodities or forest products that violate
axle weight limits.
It also would permanently eliminate axle weight fine
violations during the months of January and February on most state roads.
The bills are in the Legislature's Joint Committee on
- By Keith Goble,
state legislative editor