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N.Y. backs down on rural large truck limits


Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Task force member George Farenthold said DOT had “totally capitulated to the trucking industry and its political allies” in deciding not ban large trucks from some state highways.
Task force member George Farenthold said DOT had “totally capitulated to the trucking industry and its political allies” in deciding not ban large trucks from some state highways.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Members of a task force charged with overseeing implementation of new highway regulations say the state Department of Transportation has scrapped a proposal to ban large trucks from seven state highways in the Finger Lakes.

Farmers said the proposal would cost them money by forcing them to re-route deliveries. The New York Farm Bureau said it’s pleased the DOT reconsidered.

Acting DOT Commissioner Stanley Gee announced the decision Monday to Gov. David Paterson’s Trucking Industry and Community Relations Task Force.

Gee said the proposal would have caused trucks to simply travel through neighboring communities.

Task force member George Farenthold said DOT had “totally capitulated to the trucking industry and its political allies.”

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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