Indiana bills cover truck licensing, heavier trucks

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 1/6/2011

An Indiana bill would affect aspiring truckers in the state. A separate bill would open another roadway to heavier trucks.

Sponsored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, one bill would transfer the responsibilities for commercial driver training schools from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Truck driver training responsibilities would also be shifted from the Department of State Revenue to the BMV.

Once responsibilities are shifted to the BMV the agency would be required to set rules for driver education training, which would include rules pertaining to commercial driver training schools.

The agency would issue licenses to individuals who want to set up or operate a commercial driving training school.

Holdman’s bill – SB127 – and an identical House bill – HB1110 – are awaiting consideration in their chamber’s respective transportation committees.

A fiscal impact statement attached to the bill explains that allowing licensed driver training schools to administer tests could decrease the workload, and expenses, for the state.

A separate bill would add a Chicago-area roadway to the list of 22 highways where heavier trucks can travel. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Stevenson, D-Highland, HB1137 would allow extra-heavy-duty loads on state Route 912 in East Chicago.

The extra-heavy-duty highway list has remained unchanged since 2007.

A fiscal impact statement notes that the state redesigned the route across a bridge between Dickey Road and Riley Road. The bridge is designed to handle the 134,000-pound Michigan train-permitted loads.

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