Rhode Island company hit with record fine for hauling superload without a permit

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line Digital Content Editor | 7/21/2017

A Rhode Island trucking company that attempted to haul a 560,000-pound superload to Massachusetts has been hit with a $57,000 fine for failing to receive the necessary permits to transport through the Ocean State.

The Rhode Island State Police assessed what is believed to be the largest fine ever issued for motor-vehicle violation in Rhode Island.

The load, a giant generator on a 16-axle flatbed trailer, was mired in permit purgatory for nearly two weeks before it finally completed its journey from Quonset, R.I., to Medway. Mass., on July 10. State police had stopped the vehicle on June 27 when it was determined the company had not received the proper permits for hauling an oversized load.

The truck and load spent nearly two weeks parked at a commuter parking lot near Warwick, R.I., before the two sides could agree to terms on a moving permit. As part of the agreement, Bay Crane agreed to issue a $25 million insurance policy with the state as a co-insured party, pay for the cost of the Rhode Island State Police escort to the Massachusetts state line, and reimburse RIDOT $60,000 to cover the costs of the incident.

Liz Pettengill, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Bay Crane filed an application for a permit, but failed to wait the necessary length of time to receive it. The permit itself costs only $24.50, according RIDOT.

“We need approximately three to five weeks to process a permit, for several reasons,” Pettengill told Land Line Now on Friday.

Those reasons include inspecting and analyzing bridges to make sure they can withstand the strain.

“This all takes quite a bit of time,” Pettengill said. “They didn’t wait for the permit, and that’s what the problem was. We’ve worked with Bay Crane for quite a while and this is actually the first problem we’ve had with them.”

Bay Crane did not return a phone call seeking comment on Friday.

Land Line Now News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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