Bill advancing in the state could allow commercial trucks to increase weight

IMG_0546-8A bill advancing in the state could allow commercial trucks powered by natural gas to increase their weight. The bill would allow trucks powered by natural gas to exceed the 80 thousand pound weight limit by 2 thousand pounds. State officials say natural gas fuel systems are heavier, and therefore natural gas trucks can lose up to three percent of revenue due to the current weight limit. Senator Tom Casperson represents the 38th district. He is the bill’s sponsor, and says it has seen little opposition. “Just simply the added weight to the roads if that could cause any problems, but we gave some comparisons of other states with different weight configurations, and when we averaged out two thousand pounds over these larger vehicles, it really is not a whole lot of weight.” Casperson says natural gas is cleaner, cheaper, and runs more efficiently than other fuels like diesel. He says the bill has already moved through the Senate, and now awaits approval in the House.