Monday, October 28, 2013

Buses Required to Stop at Pennsylvania Weigh Stations

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently confirmed that some of their districts are installing the new “All Trucks & Buses Must Enter Weigh Station” signs on state and interstate highways. PennDOT requested that all signs be installed by the end of 2013.

Corporal Rick Koontz confirmed that buses are now expected to stop at any weigh station with the new sign. “Enforcement officers have been asked by their superiors to visually look for obvious violations, but have been instructed not to detain a bus unless obvious problems exist,” Koontz told the Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA).

PBA Executive Director Elaine Farrell notes that any bus with a BA or BN bus tag—which are generally buses with over 16 passengers, but occasionally include vehicles with 11 to 15 passengers—are affected by this new regulation and are required to stop at weigh stations with these new signs.

If any bus driver encounters a problem at a weigh station, they should contact PBA through their bus company employer. Corporal Koontz will work with PBA in further communicating to his enforcement officers any problems that come up. The PBA can be contacted at (717) 236-9042, and more information can be found at www.pabus.org.

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