WASHINGTON -- You're a trucker picking up a freight container that you suspect is overweight. You could accept the container and chance getting fined by the state police, or reject the container and risk losing the customer.
That's the tale of woe Baltimore truckers such as Pruitt TY Trucking and Ringer Trucking brought to Maryland Rep. Helen Delich Bentley. She has introduced a bill to address the problem.
Under her measure, the state would fine the shipper, not the trucker, if a container was overweight.
"When a trucker goes now to pick up a container, he has no idea what the weight is," Mrs. Bentley, R-2nd, said yesterday. "The shipper says, 'So what? You don't want my business?' " It's the shipper's fault if the box is overweight, she said.