Virginia lawmakers tackle truck permits, weight limits and registration

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 1/25/2011

Trucking issues are drawing discussion in the Virginia General Assembly. Among the topics being considered are overweight and oversize permits, weight limits and vehicle registration requirements.

The first bill would put the state in accordance with the FMCSA?s 2012 medical certification requirements. Sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, SB1281 would also eliminate requirement for irregular-route common carriers to prove ?public convenience and necessity? when applying for a license.

In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles would be required to notify localities about the issuance of overweight and oversize permits.

The House unanimously approved a bill that addresses overweight vehicle fees. Sponsored by Delegate Joe May, R-Leesburg, HB2022 calls for setting up a comprehensive, tiered schedule of fees for overweight vehicles.

Another bill on the topic would give the Virginia Department of Transportation the authority to limit control for oversize and overweight permitting purposes for certain roads to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Sponsored by Delegate John Cox, R-Ashland, HB2403 sets out the process to determine the affected routes.

May is the sponsor of one more bill ? HB2028 ? that would authorize the DMV to deny, suspend or revoke vehicle registration as a result of a motor carrier?s failure to comply with federal or state safety requirements.

SB1281 is in the Senate Transportation Committee. HB2028 and HB2403 are in the House Transportation Committee. HB2022 is awaiting assignment to committee in the Senate.

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