In Virginia, the trucking industry is heavily regulated to prevent crashes involving large commercial vehicles. The Roanoke truck accident lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm point out that there are some possible changes to these laws that truck drivers, trucking companies, and drivers of private vehicles should be aware of.
Under current policies, truck drivers bear the weight of responsibility for citation given when their trucks are over the allowed height. These penalties include three points on the driver’s license, as well as fines of up to $2,000. Under Senate Bill 956, the driver would receive the points on his or her license when the truck was over height limits, but the company that owns the truck would be responsible for paying the fines.
Another law being considered is House Bill 2072. According to Go By Truck, the bill creates a permit that is required for hauling forest products such as lumber, mulch, or wood chips. The permit would cost $130 and would require the completion of an application.
While weight limits and hours of operation rules are both clearly needed for safety, sometimes, these regulations need to be put aside for certain necessary products to be moved. That’s why Senate Bill 778 is calling for the state to be allowed to temporarily suspend laws governing these areas of the trucking industry for products such as fuel to be safely moved when weather and bad road conditions affect deliveries.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we understand the important role the law plays in keeping drivers of commercial and private vehicles safe. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are anxious to see whether or not these proposed bills are passed.