North Dakota bills cover trucking issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 1/4/2011

The North Dakota Legislature convened Tuesday, Jan. 4, to start work on an estimated 1,100 bills. Among the trucking issues that could be considered during the next three months are bills that cover medical certification requirements and excess size or weight vehicles.

At the request of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, one bill addresses two topics that the federal government has delved into.

The Senate bill – SB2112 – would put the state in accordance with the FMCSA’s 2012 medical certification requirements. Truckers who run interstate and are self-certified would be limited to intrastate operation only. CDL holders operating interstate must submit a copy of their medical certificate to the state DOT.

Also included in the bill is a provision to outlaw truckers’ use of text messaging devices while at the wheel. CB radios would be exempt from the ban.

Violations of the texting ban would be considered a “serious traffic violation.”

A separate bill, HB1082, requested by the state DOT would authorize a regional permit system on excess size or weight vehicles. The North Dakota Highway Patrol and NDDOT would have the ability to reach agreements with other states about the regional operation or movement of “nondivisible oversize or overweight vehicles.”

Affected vehicles would be allowed to move from one state in the region to, or through, another state or states in the region under a single-trip permit.

The bills are awaiting assignment to committee in their respective chambers.

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