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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 29, 2017 04:34 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Exempting Municipal Trucks from State Bonding Requirements
August 29, 2017

To: All Senators

From: Senator Michele Brooks

Subject: Exempting Municipal Trucks from Bonding Requirements when Traveling to Maintain Municipal Roads

I will soon be introducing legislation to exempt municipal trucks from state bonding requirements when these vehicles are traveling in order to maintain local roads.

At the annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Conference, the members passed Resolution 17-3 in support of a solution to this issue.

This issue has affected a township in my district. Municipal trucks must access the township’s snow plow and anti-skid materials at a maintenance shed that is only about 1/16 of a mile from a state highway. Virtually every time a vehicle leaves the shed, it could be pulled over and cited by the State Police, who are enforcing posted weight limits.

PennDOT regulations do not currently recognize municipal trucks as an exception to its overweight regulations, but they are in the process of updating regulations pertaining to “Hauling in Excess of Posted Weight Limit” (67 PA. Code Ch. 189). While suggestions for an exception for municipal vehicles on state bonded roads have been considered for incorporation, the regulations have not been finalized to date.

Thank you for joining me in offering this legislation to protect local taxpayers from fines imposed on local vehicles being driven to keep township roads safe and passable.

Introduced as SB898