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Current News

No 75 MPH Speed Limit and No Restriction on Trucks in 3rd Lane

A conference committee cleared the transportation budget on March 24 with changes including stripping out language that would have raised the speed limit to 75 miles per hour on certain rural highways.

The Conference Committee on HB53 (Grossman) ironed out more than 50 differences between the House-passed version and the Senate passed version, including reverting back to the 70 miles per hour speed limit, removing the restriction on driving in the left-hand lane on three-lane highways but retaining the requirement that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODO)T post signs saying "Keep Right Except to Pass." 

Bill to Prohibit Indemnity Agreements in Transportation Contracts Heard (HB71)

The Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee took testimony April 17 on HB 71 which would  prohibit certain indemnity agreements in motor carrier transportation contracts.

Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association, said the industry has "no problem" indemnifying its customers from actions of the trucking company.

"[W]e do not think that in a traffic accident involving a truck that the customer should be brought into a lawsuit just because their product was on board," Balzer said. "What we do have an issue with, is having to defend and hold harmless a customer for acts by the customer the trucking company has no control over."

He told Chairman Butler that these cases often go to arbitration, and have had mixed results in court.

Read more: Bill to Prohibit Indemnity Agreements in Transportation Contracts Heard (HB71)

Senate Unveils Substitute Transportation Budget, Includes Increase to 75 MPH

Ohioans driving on rural highways may be able to drive up to 75 miles per hour (mph) under proposed changes to HB53 (Grossman), the transportation budget, as unveiled Monday by Senate Republicans.

Under the proposal, the speed limit for motor vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or less could go 75 mph, up from 70 mph. Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee Chairwoman Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) told reporters that the proposal raises the speed limit on the areas that had recently been raised from 65 mph to 70 mph. 

Read more: Senate Unveils Substitute Transportation Budget, Includes Increase to 75 MPH

Hours of Service Extension Granted till March, 2015

The PUCO Transportation Department has granted limited regulatory relief from the driver’s hours of service regulations for the intrastate transport of propane that will expire at 11:59 PM, March 13, 2015.  Click here to print the notice that details the terms and conditions of this regulatory relief. 

Please call (614) 466-0369 with questions.

Dan Fisher
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Transportation Department
Utility Specialist
(614) 752-7991
PUCO.ohio.gov

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