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FIGHT ON OVER BIG APPLE RULES

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is asking for help in a fight over the enforcement...


NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is asking for help in a fight over the enforcement of outdated trucking ordinances in New York City.

The laws, enacted in 1962, limits trailer lengths to 45 ft., weights to 8 ft., and overall vehicle combinations to 55 ft. Gross vehicle weights are limited to 73,280 lbs., unless the rig runs on certain highways.

As a result, one tractor-trailer can be slapped with four fines, of $100 to $250 per law, for violating the rules.

The TCA first addressed the antiquated law in 1999 after it learned that its members were being subjected to stepped-up enforcement efforts.

It argued that 53-ft. trailers are now industry standard, and that cross-docking in nearby New Jersey or Connecticut would be expensive and a waste of time.

“(City) officials were mildly sympathetic, but steadfast in their resolve to enforce current laws and ordinances,” says the TCA.

The association is asking anyone who operates in New York City to join in the fight. For further information, contact the TCA.


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