North Dakota bills covering truck issues advance

| 2/7/2011

Two bills that address trucking issues are halfway through the North Dakota statehouse. One bill covers medical certification requirements while another bill addresses excess size or weight vehicles.

The Senate unanimously endorsed a bill that addresses two topics that the federal government has delved into. The 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.”

The House unanimously approved a bill – HB1082 – that 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.

According to a fiscal note on the bill, the cost to enhance the state’s current permit system to accommodate the proposed change is estimated at nearly $1.2 million.

Both bills are awaiting assignment to committee in the opposite chamber.

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