Truckers have 39 days left to comment on truck ban in upstate NY

| 9/1/2009

Small-business truckers who haul freight through upstate New York have only 39 more days to comment on the New York Department of Transportation’s proposed regulation to ban trucks from seven key routes in the Finger Lakes region.

The proposed rule was published in the New York State’s Register on /Wednesday, Aug. 26, which triggered a 45-day comment period, which ends on Oct. 9.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will be providing comments opposing the truck ban, and is encouraging its nearly 3,500 New York members to provide comments to the NYSDOT and the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform on how this proposed regulation could negatively affect their trucking businesses.

Here are the seven routes that will be affected by the ban:

  • Route 41 in Cortland and Onondaga counties;
  • Route 41A in Cortland, Cayuga and Onondaga counties;
  • Route 90 in Cortland and Cayuga counties;
  • Route 38 in Cayuga County;
  • Route 79 in Broome, Tioga, and Tompkins counties;
  • Route 89 in Tompkins and Seneca counties; and
  • Route 96 in Tompkins and Seneca counties.

A coalition, made up of the trucking community as well as businesses that depend on trucks to move their products, has been established to fight the proposed rule.

Truckers are urged to express how the proposed truck ban would increase their operating costs for fuel and toll fees if they are forced to route around these trucks and stick to the New York State Thruway.

While the effort to ban trucks was originally aimed at reducing the number of trash trucks who use these routes, the ban would apply to all trucks that use these roads.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer