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Two bills aimed at streamlining enforcement related to commercial vehicles have passed the Oklahoma State Assembly.
One bill, the Senate Bill 691, outlines a fine system for people who exceed vehicle weight limits. State Senator Mark Allen (R-Spiro), who drafted both bills, explained that the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission impose size and weight restrictions on vehicles in the state. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulates fuel, oil, transportation and utilities.
According to Allen, these entities have different bond schedules, so the puller doesn’t know exactly if they need to pay a fine.
The fines outlined in SB 691 are calculated based on the weight exceeding the limit. For example, if a vehicle is overweight by £ 750-3,000, a fine of $ 200 will be imposed. If the vehicle is overweight in the range of £ 7,001 to £ 10,000, a fine of $ 650 will be imposed.
The second bill, SB617, transfers certain enforcement obligations from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to DPS.
“It’s running executives on the corporate committee under the authority of the Department of Public Safety,” Allen told Transport Topics. “No one loses their job. They train them to inspect the truck, and it will keep the truck safer on the road. This streamlines it and everyone has the same page. You will be able to access. “
Under SB617, effective January 1, 2023, all assets related to the executive function of the Oklahoma Corporation Committee will be assigned to DPS. Allen said he was familiar with the truck industry through the oilfield services business.
Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, said the commission opposes the bill as it is written, but is ready to consider the idea of integrating its activities.
For legislation, the Commissioner issues a notice to the Legislature, and all affected agencies, local governments, district courts, and stakeholders work with the Oklahoma State Administration and Services Department to develop investigations and recommendations. He said he recommends that. Before any additional integration occurs.
“If integration is shown to lead to a better program, they are recorded as supporting integration,” Skinner said. “If it can be done more efficiently, it can be done faster, cheaper and better. But the move towards this needs to include all stakeholders and is cautious. Must be a step-by-step process measured in. “
Jim Newport, chairman of the Oklahoma Trucking Association, said the group remains neutral about the role of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in the state’s ports of entry.
“In this case, choosing one institution over another is not OTA’s mission, and OTA will support the will of the state legislature,” Newport told TT. “OTA supports both truck safety and protection of Oklahoma roads and bridges. Oklahoma roads are trucks for transporting important goods such as medicine, food and fuel supplies to neighbors. It’s my workplace. “
Cody Boyd, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport of Oklahoma, expressed a similar willingness to work with the DPS and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Boyd said ODOT’s role is to build and maintain the state’s commercial vehicle weighing station, and this department does not serve as a law enforcement agency.
“The Oklahoma Department of Transport has agreed to these two laws and will continue to work with truck lawmakers and partner agencies, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, on this important issue.” Mr Boyd told TT. ..
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