, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, June 19, 2014
An effort halfway through the New York statehouse is intended to simplify movement of truck loads between upstate New York and Long Island.
The Senate voted unanimously to advance a bill to the Assembly that would authorize a nondivisible load permit issued by the state Department of Transportation, instead of a New York City DOT permit. The state-issued permits would be valid along one specific route through New York City connecting Westchester County to Nassau County.
Currently, traveling on state roads outside and within New York City limits requires permits from the state DOT and NYCDOT. Sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey Klein, D-Bronx/Westchester, the bill would establish one route within the city for which the NYSDOT can issue a permit instead of a city permit.
The intent is to simplify the permitting process for trucks carrying nondivisible loads on Interstate 95 between the Bronx-Westchester County line and Interstate 695, on I-695 between I-95 and Interstate 295 between I-695 and Interstate 495, and on I-495 between I-295 and the Queens-Nassau County line.
The specified route already is designated as a critical route on which 53-foot trailers may travel through the city in transit from Westchester County to Long Island. All other roads in the city prohibit use of 53-foot trailers.
Truckers would still be required to get authorization from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels to cross the Throgs Neck Bridge.
A memo attached to the bill describes such loads as steel beams, modular homes, or construction equipment as nondivisible loads, meaning that the cargo cannot be split and placed onto smaller trucks. When these vehicles exceed certain dimensions, they require a special permit.
A provision in the bill specifies that the state-issued permit would become invalid if the truck carrying the nondivisible load exits the specific route in New York City.
The bill, S3041, is awaiting consideration in the Assembly Transportation Committee.
A separate Senate-approved bill in the committee would double fines for littering along state roadways.
S2311 would raise the fines for littering from $350 to $700. Repeat offenders would face $1,400 fines – up from $700.
Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said the stiffer fines are needed to deter littering.
“Littering not only impacts the appearance of the roadways; it can also pose driving hazards, and trash is very costly to remove,” DeFrancisco said in a news release.
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