New York bills cover truck routes, loose loads, ag haulers

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 2/22/2013

Multiple bills in the New York Senate cover issues of interest to truck drivers. They include roads that are off limits to trucks, loose loads and ag haulers.

Two bills target trucks found on roads that are off limits. The first bill covers New York City streets. Specifically, S240 would set up a pilot truck weight photo-monitoring system.

Targeted at trucks using roadways posted as a “No Truck” zone, it would allow city government to set up a local ordinance to create a demonstration program. As many as 50 intersections could be outfitted with photo-monitoring devices to snap pictures of trucks.

Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Manhattan, wrote in a bill memo that it “provides an enforcement mechanism that will also generate revenue.”

Truckers say passage of the effort would be another reason to avoid going into the city. They cite difficulties navigating through the area not knowing if a road is posted.

Another bill would authorize the seizure and possible forfeiture of tractor-trailers for third violations of designated truck routes within 18 months. S733 would affect vehicles in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Sen. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, said it is a quality of life issue for residential areas.

“This legislation is necessary to encourage compliance with designated truck routes to help protect those local communities that are overrun with truck traffic,” Avella wrote.

A separate bill would amend the state’s rule on transporting loose loads. State law now requires tarps to be in place when trucks transporting loose substances are traveling on public highways.

S656 would drop the mention of public highways.

Also included in the bill is a requirement of tire guards. The rule is intended to prevent rocks and other road debris from being thrown onto other vehicles.

One more bill would ease the vehicle registration process for agricultural haulers. S2013 would extend the length of season permits to the first of April to Nov. 11. Rules now limit the season to “four consecutive months.”

Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, wrote the change would reflect “a more realistic duration.”

The bills are in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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