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[R15] Strengthening Indiana’s position as the Crossroads of America
Start Date: 2/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/5/2013End Time: 12:00 PM
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Strengthening Indiana’s position as the Crossroads of America 

STATEHOUSE –House Bill (HB) 1481, authored by Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville), passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives today. HB 1481 authorizes the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to grant a single route permit for transporting overweight divisible loads, lessening the impact on our highways.

“The transportation industry is crucial to our state’s economy, and this bill will help alleviate regulations that have burdened businesses in Indiana,” said Rep. Slager. “Indiana is the Crossroads of America. Strengthening our infrastructure to continue to attract businesses and people here is a top priority.”

Currently, trucks carrying oversized loads are required to off-load product into multiple trucks to come through Indiana because they did not have divisible load permits. This bill allows trucks with overweight loads to bring their loads through Indiana while allowing INDOT, or the appropriate local authority depending on the road, time to adopt rules for the issuance, fee structure and enforcement of permits for such loads.

The permit fees on overweight divisible loads will offset the additional wear and tear on the roads and may not be increased more than once every two years.  

"By allowing permits to be used in moving overweight loads through Indiana, the process for transporting goods will be streamlined. The number of loads will be reduced meaning less fuel consumption and lower emissions.  The proposed regulations will put Indiana under the same regulations that neighboring states abide by, including Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky,” said Rep. Slager.

The bill was co-authored by Reps. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), Vernon Smith (D-Gary) and Matt Lehman (R-Berne) and will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate. 

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Name: Michael Niland
Phone: 37-232-9805
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