Argall’s super load transport bill signed into law

HARRISBURG – Qualified private companies will soon begin to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads thanks to a new law authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Under existing law, any tractor-trailer transporting a load greater than 201,000 pounds, over 160 feet, and/or 16 feet wide requires a police escort. This requirement places a serious burden on the Pennsylvania State Police, often requiring officers to work overtime.

Senate Bill 748, now Act 55 of 2015, allows super-sized loads to be attended by certified pilot escorts with oversight from PennDOT and the State Police.

“Allowing qualified private operators to escort super loads will help mitigate a serious problem for the State Police while maintaining the oversight needed to ensure the safety of motorists,” Argall said. “The growing number of road and bridge construction projects across the state makes it extremely important to explore alternatives to a State Police escort for every super-sized load.”

Act 55 of 2015 takes effect in 60 days.

House approves Argall super load transport bill

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure on Tuesday sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would allow private companies to assist with the movement of super-sized transport vehicles. Argall’s measure, Senate Bill 748, would remove the current mandate that the Pennsylvania State Police must escort any tractor-trailer transporting a load greater than 201,000 pounds, over 160 feet, and/or 16 feet wide. “This puts Pennsylvania in line with several other states,” Argall said. “The current law puts an unnecessary strain on the State Police. I’m thankful to see this commonsense reform on its way to the governor’s desk.” Argall’s bill requires safety standards and a certification process through PennDOT for private businesses seeking to assist in the transport of super load trailers.