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Published July 16, 2012, 09:36 AM

North Dakota DOT considering changes to trucking permits

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - The North Dakota DOT is looking at changes to truck permits after a crash on I-94 near South Heart. A truck hauling a 500 barrel saltwater tank caused about $50,000 in damage to the bridge.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - The North Dakota DOT is looking at changes to truck permits after a crash on I-94 near South Heart. A truck hauling a 500 barrel saltwater tank caused about $50,000 in damage to the bridge.

The load was too high and became wedged beneath the overpass. The driver was cited for not having a permit.

Drivers with oversized loads are supposed to get a permit. The DOT then gives them a safe route based on their height and weight. However, it can take hours to get a permit so many drivers choose to go without.

Tom Balzer – ND Motor Carriers Association: “If they would've been properly permuted, they would've known where they could and couldn't have gone, but I also understand the industries frustration. They can be on hold for three hours and then cut off. Time is money when it comes to loads and these deliveries need to be made, especially in the industries we service."

The DOT is working on making the permit and routing process for trucks faster and available online 24/7. That online route tool should be ready for drivers next year.

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