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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 25, 2015 05:29 PM
From: Senator David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Eliminating mandatory state police escorts for super load vehicles
In the near future, I will introduce legislation that would eliminate the mandatory escort of super-sized loads by the Pennsylvania State Police and replace them with certified pilot escorts. This legislation will allow the State Police to focus on its core functions without sacrificing safety standards.

Under current law, any tractor transporting a load greater than 201,000 lbs, over 160 feet, and/or 16 feet wide requires a police escort. The transporting company is required to pay a $50.00 set up fee and pay $2.00 per mile plus overtime for the police escort.

Since safety is the key reason for these mandatory escorts by the State Police, utilizing certified pilot escorts, like many of our neighboring states, will maintain the safety standards that our citizens have come to expect and reduce the cost of providing overtime hours to the State Police by both private companies and the state of Pennsylvania.

This bill is similar to Senate Bill 1505 of 2014, which was co-sponsored by Senators Schwank, Eichelberger, Alloway, Brewster and Brubaker.

Introduced as SB748