West Virginia Truck Weight Hearing

On August 21, West Virginia Trucking Association President Jan Vineyard told the West Virginia legislature’s Select Committee on Infrastructure that WVTA supported the terms of the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (HR 612)—authorizing a state option to permit 97,000-pound, six-axle trucks on Interstate highways within a state’s borders—and urged the Committee, as well as West Virginia’s Division of Highways, to endorse SETA. Although DOH’s chief staff engineer stated that the agency wanted to learn more about the possible impacts of SETA on the state’s bridges before venturing an endorsement, he seemed open to pursuing the question, and the Committee appointed a subcommittee to draw up a report on SETA’s potential effects.

Coverage in the Morgantown [West Virginia] Dominion Post was admirably balanced, noting an independent trucker’s concern about needing to invest in new equipment to remain competitive with larger fleets, if the state were to adopt SETA, as well as a grocery store operator’s pointing to SETA’s making the state more attractive to new businesses.