Senate passes Argall bill to allow private sector to escort super load transports

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously passed legislation on Sunday that would allow qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Under current 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 would allow super loads to be attended by certified pilot escorts with oversight from PennDOT and the State Police.

“The need for bridge beams, steel structures and other large items to repair our roads and bridges will only increase with new investments in public infrastructure,” Argall said. “Allowing qualified operators in the private sector to facilitate transportation of these items will help remove a serious burden from the State Police and ensure they can better meet their responsibility to protect the public.”

The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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