Virginia laws cover multiple truck issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Tuesday, April 03, 2012

A handful of new laws in Virginia cover IFTA, truck weights, and military truckers.

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

As of July 1, 2012, truck drivers will be responsible for applying to the department for IFTA licenses and identification.

Previously HB353/SB343, the new rule authorizes DMV personnel 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.

Another bill signed into law addresses sand, gravel, and crushed stone hauls. SB335 extends the temporary increased weight limit for such loads in coal counties to January 2013.

The expiration date had been set for July 1, 2012. The date has been updated for the past eight years.

Also signed into law is a bill that addresses truck weights. HB806 establishes cost-based fees determined by the amount that a vehicle is overweight for single- and multi-trip permits.

Starting Jan. 1, 2013, multi-trip permits could be transferred to another vehicle twice over the course of one year. Each transfer will carry a price tag of $10.

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

Fees collected will be used for road and bridge maintenance.

One more new law authorizes 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.

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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