On the move: Wyoming bills cover truck fines, passing speeds

| Thursday, February 10, 2011

A bill that is halfway through the Wyoming statehouse would increase large truck fines. Another bill on the move would go easy on certain vehicles that exceed the speed limit while passing.

The Senate voted 18-12 to advance to the House a bill that would boost fines for oversized and overweight trucks.

Currently, the fine for oversize vehicles ranges from $50 to $500. Sponsored by Sen. Floyd Esquibel, D-Cheyenne, the bill would increase the minimum fine amount to $100.

A previous version of the bill called for the fine to range from $150 to $600.

Also, the schedule of fines for overweight vehicle violations would be changed. Excess weight violations up to 1,000 pounds would result in a warning.

Violations resulting in fines would start at 1,001 pounds. Fine amounts would range from $25 to $1,000 – up from a maximum of $750.

The additional $100 fine for each 1,000 pounds, or fraction thereof, exceeding 20,000 pounds over the legal limit would be doubled to $200.

According to a fiscal note on the bill, the changes could result in an additional $151,100 annually. All revenue would be routed to the local county school fund.

The bill – SF124 – is awaiting consideration in the House Transportation Committee. If approved there it would move to the full House.

Another bill that has already cleared the House would allow motorists to surpass the speed limit by as much as 10 mph to pass other vehicles traveling below the posted speed on two-lane roads. Commercial vehicles would not be given the same tolerance.

Sponsored by Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, the bill – HB33 – would apply only to roads with speed limits of at least 50 mph. Construction zones are not included.

Motorists found to be traveling in excess of the 10 mph leeway provided would face the same penalties as normal. The revenue would be deposited in the local county school fund.

McOmie’s bill is awaiting consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee. If approved there it would move to the Senate floor.

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