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Highway safety agency should study state laws on oversize vehicles: report

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Washington – The Federal Highway Administration should launch a study of state laws to determine the best methods for regulating oversize and overweight vehicles, according to a report released Feb. 26 by the Government Accountability Office.

The report was prompted by a May 2013 bridge collapse that injured three people after a truck carrying an oversize load slammed into the bridge. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that varying laws among states and regions for oversize vehicle permits could create safety concerns.

Federal and state regulations specify the maximum width, length and weight for commercial motor vehicles. States may permit exceptions for vehicles carrying large, non-divisible items such as wind turbine towers or construction equipment.

The Department of Transportation agreed with the report’s recommendation to have FHWA conduct a study.