Overweight trucks fined as much as $10,000 at NYC bridges, tunnels

| 7/16/2008

Truckers hauling overweight loads are risking heavy fines if they try to cross New York City’s bridges and tunnels.

Officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Bridges and Tunnels division said truck drivers carrying more than 80,000 pounds can be fined as much as $10,000 each for crossing MTA facilities.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities are the Bronx-Whitestone, Cross Bay Veterans Memorial, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, Throgs Neck, Triborough and Verrazano-Narrows bridges, and the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels.

The Bridges and Tunnels Division officials said they have recently issued more than 100 summonses per month to overweight trucks, some as heavy as 200,000 pounds. The truckers were fined and told to turn around.