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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 56 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 56

(By Senators Beach, Kirkendoll, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, McCabe, Plymale, Williams, Barnes and Cole)

 

[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the proposed Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2013 and the potential impact of its implementation in West Virginia.

    Whereas, The Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2013 was introduced in the 113th Congress on February 12, 2013; and

    Whereas, The act would give states the authority to allow 97,000-pound, six-axle vehicles access to the interstate highway system; and

    Whereas, Such six-axle trucks carrying 97,000 pounds would maintain weight per axle, tire displacement and braking distance while carrying seventeen percent more ton-miles per gallon than five-axle trucks; and

    Whereas, The U. S. Department of Transportation estimates that six-axle trucks would save two billion gallons of diesel fuel annually, a nineteen-percent decrease in fuel consumption; and

    Whereas, The sixth axle reduces weight per tire impact on pavement that can help increase pavement wear savings; and

    Whereas, The use of six-axle trucks may reduce accidents, reduce costs and benefit the environment and commerce; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the proposed Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2013 and the potential impact of its implementation in West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the potential benefits, disadvantages, impact and feasibility of implementing the provisions of the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act in West Virginia, including the effect on West Virginia infrastructure; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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