Virginia lawmakers approve multiple truck issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Monday, March 12, 2012

Trucking issues that have gained support this year from Virginia lawmakers cover IFTA, truck weights, and military truckers.

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill to put the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in charge of the state’s involvement with the International Fuel Tax Agreement program.

In return, truck drivers are responsible for applying to the department for IFTA licenses and identification.

DMV personnel are authorized to handle truck size and weight compliance at permanent weigh stations, as well as issue citations for IFTA violations.

The agency will also be responsible for working with State Police and local law enforcement to make sure truck rules are dealt with uniformly throughout the state.

SB343 takes effect July 1, 2012.

On the governor’s desk is a separate bill that addresses sand, gravel, and crushed stone hauls. SB335 would extend the temporary increased weight limit for such loads in coal counties to January 2013.

The current expiration date is July 1, 2012. The date has been updated for the past seven years.

Another bill on the governor’s desk addresses truck weights. HB806 would establish cost-based fees determined by the amount that a vehicle is overweight for single- and multi-trip permits. Multi-trip permits could be transferred to another vehicle twice over the course of one year. Each transfer would cost $10.

The annual fee for overweight permits would be set at $130.

Fees collected would be used for road and bridge maintenance.

Already signed by McDonnell is authorization for a program dubbed “Troops to Trucks.”

Intended to ease the transition from military duty to driving truck stateside, HB194 requires the DMV to consider applicants’ military training and experience in reviewing their eligibility to receive a Virginia CDL.

Starting July 1, the first-of-its-kind rule allows service personnel returning from duty to exchange their military CDL for a state-issued CDL without the need for a written or a skills test.

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

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