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May 25, 2016

Pennsylvania To Allow Milk Loads of 80,000+ Pounds on Interstate Highways

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf today signed legislation that allows milk truckers to haul loads in excess of 80,000 lb., making them now competitive with haulers in New York and West Virginia.

“This bill allows us to ship milk much more efficiently,” says Wolf. “Allowing trucks carrying bulk loads of milk to use the interstate highway system could save many dairy producers thousands of dollars a year in hauling costs – and it will divert trucks with heavier loads from local roads and bridges onto those with the capacity to support these hauls. This bill is a win-win for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and its transportation infrastructure.” 

The 80,000 lb. limit had been imposed by federal law, but it was removed in December by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act allowed Pennsylvania and 16 other states to align weight limits with neighboring states. States then had to pass their own legislation to increase loads.

Pennsylvania must now develop a permitting and fee schedule to accurately assess trucks for their fair share of wear and tear on interstate highways.

For more information on the bill, go here.