COLUMBUS – Gov. Mike DeWine has joined with 14 other Republican governors to ask the federal government to join Operation Open Roads, a multistate effort to suspend regulations on the trucking industry to help ease supply chain issues this holiday season.
In a joint statement, the governors called on the Biden Administration to make immediate changes to federal law to suspend federal regulations that they say restrict certain commercial drivers from crossing state lines.
“Supply chain issues have led to shortages of raw materials and goods from factories to stores, and simple actions, like modifying weight limits, adjusting hours of service for truck drivers and removing some non-safety-related restrictions on commercial drivers licenses will help ease a record-shortage of truck drivers and allow more goods to flow to market,” said DeWine in a news release.
While waiting for the federal government to act, DeWine is using his authority by directing the Ohio Department of Transportation to suspend rules that regulate moving oversize loads across the state.
Currently, trucks hauling loads greater than 80,000 pounds require a special ODOT hauling permit before the shipment is permitted to travel.
To get goods on the road quicker, DeWine has directed ODOT to reinstitute a pandemic-era program that allowed haulers to move heavier loads, up to 90,000 pounds, without getting pre-approval as long as they agree to report where they traveled after the trip is complete.