Trucks Laws Change on Interstates

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

You might notice trucks driving in the left lanes now, but the crackdown is on. Thanks to House Bill 1346, introduced by Valley delegate Chris Saxman, the rules are stricter.

"We worked with the trucking industry throughout the legislative session to craft the bill. And we worked with the Virginia State Police and the Department of Transportation to get the best bill we could," says Saxman.

That bill, which became law Thursday, says that wherever I-81 is three lanes, trucks must stay out of the left lane. Many truckers say that's just fine.

Brandon May, a truck driver from Oklahoma, reacts to the new rule by saying, "It's fair, It don't bother me. I always drive in the right lane anyway."

The second part of the law pertains to climbing steep hills like Afton Mountain. If truck drivers cannot maintain a speed within 15 miles below the posted speed limit they simply have to get out of the way.

May thinks the same about this rule. "That don't bother me at all either," he responds.

Delegate Saxman points out, "In some areas, that's going to be a $500 fine, so that's pretty steep."

And Saxman says that the law will truly be enforced and encourages drivers to hold other drivers in line.

"Citizens, it would help if they're behind a truck that's not doing 15 mph below the speed limit, or is doing more than 15 mph below the posted speed limit, they should call the State Police and report them. And if they can, report the trucker to that particular company," says Saxman.

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