Florida legislation seeks to prevent increases to truck size and weight

| 3/24/2009

If two Florida state lawmakers get their way, the federal government would extend the freeze on increases of size and weights of commercial motor vehicles throughout the U.S.

Florida state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, and Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, are pursuing legislation that encourages the U.S. Congress to make sure larger trucks are not allowed on the nation’s interstates.

Congress will be considering the reauthorization of the multibillion-dollar transportation funding bill this year, and attempts to challenge the current federal truck size and weight limits are expected.

Fasano wrote in Senate Memorial 1568 that “federal and state studies have found that increasing the size and weight of commercial motor vehicles may accelerate the deterioration of bridges.”

He also points out that the Federal Highway Administration has classified 1,994 bridges in Florida as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

SM1568 is in the Senate Transportation and Rules committees. The House version – HM1073 – is in three committees.

The legislative efforts are nonbinding. If approved by the Florida Legislature, copies of the memorial would be sent to President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and to each member of the Florida delegation to the U.S. Congress.

To view other legislative activities of interest for Florida in 2009, click here.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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