Lifton Bill to Help Local Trucking Companies Passes Assembly

June 12, 2014

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) announced today that a bill she sponsored, to give trucking companies until December 31, 2019 to fully comply with certain distributional load requirements, has passed the Assembly.

Lifton stated, “I was happy to carry this bill, which will help local, family-owned trucking companies in my district. I’m pleased that the Assembly responded to this reasonable request from local business.”

Dennis Mix, president of Mix Brothers, Inc. said, “It is very important to Mix Brothers, Inc., a small family owned business which has been in business in New York State for twenty-eight years, that this extension gets passed. Otherwise we will be forced to spend upwards of $100,000.00 to comply with nearly obsolete trucks.”

The original law had two separate deadlines, requiring companies to do a partial retrofit to their trucks by the end of 2014, with complete upgrades by 2019.

“In my mind, it made no sense to partially upgrade aging vehicles, when they could be obsolete and need to be totally replaced when the final retrofits were required in 2019. These upgrades are very expensive and to do a partial retrofit, only to replace that truck later, would’ve been an undue financial hardship on some companies, including those in my district. This bill offers a practical solution that will ensure the trucks are upgraded to reduce adverse impacts on our roads and bridges as a result of use by heavy trucks, while at the same time giving the trucking companies flexibility in meeting those requirements,” Lifton said.

The bill is in the Senate Transportation Committee.