Truck weight program ends in Maine, Vermont

| 12/20/2010

A one-year-old pilot program that allowed truckers in Maine and Vermont to haul up to 100-thousand pounds on federal highways has ended.

Senators from the two states tried to get the pilot program reauthorized for another year by amending a larger spending bill, but Senate leadership withdrew the whole package on Friday, Dec. 17.

“The pilot program is gone for now, and the near-term prospects for it resurfacing have grown very dim with few legislative options left,” OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Rod Nofziger said Monday.

Congress is feeling the time crunch on options to keep government programs, including transportation, up and running in the near- and long-term. Nofziger says OOIDA continues to monitor the situation and any last-minute provisions that may come up. He says Congress is likely going to pass a continuing resolution that is “clean” or free of amendments.

Truckers hauling extra weight in Maine and Vermont will now have to do it on state roads instead of federal highways.

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