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AL Law Maker Proposes a Bill on Trucking Companies & Steel Coils

Alabama state lawmakers are renewing an effort to address the problem with steel coil spills in Alabama after several recent incident on interstates in and around Birmingham. It is estimated that when these steel coils fall off of one of the transport trucks it cost in the range of $200,000 - $300,000 per incident for repairs. Not to mention the danger these steel coil spills impose on motorists.

The proposed bill is sponsored by Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, and would impose stiff penalties on truckers and transportation companies for incident where these steel coils fall off of the truck onto an Alabama roadway. The bill would also require trucking companies to certify that haulers are properly trained on how to load steel coils. Under this bill, truckling companies would face fines of up to $10,000 for not properly securing the steel coils to the trucks transporting these coils, the driver would face a fine of up to $5,000, and possibility of up to one year in jail. This bill or a similar bill has been proposed for the last two years and it was passed in the House both years but it has not made it to the Senate for a vote. It will be interesting to see if the bill gets voted on by the Senate this year.

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