House panel approves Argall super load transport bill

HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee passed legislation today that would permit qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Senate Bill 748 would allow super-sized loads to be attended by certified pilot escorts with oversight from PennDOT and the State Police.

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.

“Current requirements for police escorts create a significant strain on the resources of the State Police, and these demands will only grow as additional road and bridge improvement projects begin across the state,” Argall said. “Allowing qualified private operators to escort super loads will remove this burden while maintaining the oversight needed to ensure the safety of motorists.”

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