(Columbus)—The Ohio legislature is considering an amendment that would allow trucks operating on CNG to carry an additional 2,000 pounds over the existing weight limit on federal highways. This additional weight would offset the weight of the tanks which are considerably heavier than diesel tanks.
In April, the Federal Highways Administration (FHA) clarified a portion of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which requires states to allow the additional weight on federal highways. Ohio currently has an exemption for all roads other than federal highways.
“Extending the weight limit exemption to federal highways is a common sense step for policymakers,” said Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “Business fleets that operate on CNG are currently at a competitive disadvantage because they have to carry 2000 pounds less per haul. It seems to be an oversight that has a simple fix in Columbus.”
The legislature is due to go on summer beak at the end of June. Because of the election, members won’t return to Columbus until November. The 2017-2018 legislative session will officially end at the end of the year so any legislation that hasn’t been passed will need to be reintroduced and the process will start over.
“A number of legislators have expressed an interest in getting Ohio in compliance with federal law before summer break,” Phillips stated. “I’m extremely confident that this issue will be addressed either this month or during lame-duck session in December.”
Twenty-two states have already granted the weight limit exemption.