HARRISBURG – Qualified private companies will soon begin to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads thanks to a new law authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Under existing 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, now Act 55 of 2015, allows super-sized loads to be attended by certified pilot escorts with oversight from PennDOT and the State Police.

“Allowing qualified private operators to escort super loads will help mitigate a serious problem for the State Police while maintaining the oversight needed to ensure the safety of motorists,” Argall said. “The growing number of road and bridge construction projects across the state makes it extremely important to explore alternatives to a State Police escort for every super-sized load.”

Act 55 of 2015 takes effect in 60 days.

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