VACo Opposes Proposal to Allow for Heavier Trucks in Virginia

January 30, 2018

SB 504 (Carrico) and HB 1276 (Garrett) would authorize the Commissioner of Highways, with the approval of the Governor, to allow for heavier, six-axle tractor trucks to travel Virginia roads as part of any federal pilot program, for a period of up to 15 years.

Action Required – Please contact your legislators now to oppose SB 504 and HB 1276. SB 504 will be heard in Senate Transportation Committee on January 31. HB 1276 has been assigned to House Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee #2 which meets February 1 (no agenda yet).

TALKING POINTS

  • Counties, in partnership with VDOT, make significant investments in road construction and maintenance. Such investments need to be properly safeguarded from any unanticipated acceleration in wear and tear.
  • Increases in truck weight beyond current federal standards, even of limited duration, will put highways, roads, and bridges at increased risk of damage and deterioration.

KEY CONTACTS

Senate Transportation Committee: Carrico (Chairman), Newman, Deeds, Marsden, Favola, Cosgrove, Edwards, Wexton, DeSteph, Chase, Suetterlein, McClellan, Peake

House Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee #2: Pillion (Chairman), Davis, LaRock, Collins, Miyares, McQuinn, Jones, J.C., Reid, Yancey

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP

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