Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2011

LOVE’S TRUCK TIRE CARE has been added to the Michelin Commercial Service Network. Dealers in the network provide new tires and retreads and 24-hour service. Love’s is also offering select Michelin Retread Technologies tread designs at its more than 100 U.S. tire care centers.

Congress eyes highway tolling bills

For the second time in three months, Congress is considering a bill that would increase the number of Interstate facilities that could toll and remove the limit on how many states can have Value Pricing Pilot Programs.

Illinois Republicans introduced the bills, both titled the Lincoln Legacy Infrastructure Development Act, which were referred to committees with no co-sponsors. The legislation is to encourage private-public transportation partnerships to fix federal transportation shortfalls.

A 1998 law created the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRP), which allows the Federal Highway Administration to approve tolling at up to three existing Interstate facilities if reconstruction otherwise could not be adequately maintained or improved without tolls. Each of the facilities, which can be highways, bridges or tunnels, must be in a different state.

On Sept. 14, FHWA granted conditional provisional approval to toll Virginia’s I-95, and seven years earlier, gave Missouri approval to toll I-70. Last year, the agency rejected Pennsylvania’s request to toll I-80.

The bills also would remove the limit on how many Value Pricing Pilot programs, which use highway congestion management strategies, the agency could allow nationally. The VPP is a separate entity from ISRRP and permits tolling, but also non-tolling means, which can be mileage-based charges for insurance, taxes and leasing fees.

Current law allows the FHWA to approve VPP agreements with a maximum of 15 states and each state can have an unlimited number of VPP programs. Fourteen states now have a VPP program, which provides funding to support studies and implementation.

— Jill Dunn


FORMER TRUCK DRIVER Marcos Costa was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after being convicted of manslaughter and reckless driving charges in the 2009 crash on the Angeles Crest Highway northeast of Los Angeles that killed two people. Costa gets credit for time served, or roughly half the length of the sentence. Costa was driving a 25-ton, double-deck car hauler in the wreck, which killed two people. Later, the California Department of Transportation banned five-axle trucks from a section of the highway.

AAA sues to stop NY port toll increases

The American Automobile Association of New York and New Jersey has sued the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to stop toll increases on New York City bridges that began in September.

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