Virginia lawmakers OK truck permits, weight limits and registration

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 4/22/2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law multiple bills that cover truck issues. The new laws address overweight and oversize permits, weight limits and vehicle registration requirements.

The first new law addresses overweight vehicle fees. Previously HB2022, it calls for setting up a comprehensive, tiered schedule of fees for overweight vehicles.

The expense of repairing damage to highways from overweight vehicles and the impact of such fee structure on the state’s “economic competitiveness” are among the factors that will be taken into consideration.

Another new law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to deny, suspend or revoke vehicle registration as a result of a motor carrier’s failure to comply with federal or state safety requirements.

According to HB2028’s fiscal impact statement, the state will need $150,000 in the first year to implement the rule. Another $45,000 will be needed each year thereafter for maintenance costs.

The DMV has been awarded federal grant funds to cover the initial implementation costs and will seek federal grants for reimbursement of the annual maintenance costs.

One more new law puts the state in accordance with the FMCSA’s 2012 medical certification requirements. SB1281 also eliminates requirement for irregular-route common carriers to prove “public convenience and necessity” when applying for a license.

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

The new laws take effect July 1.

To view other legislative activities of interest for Virginia, click here.

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