ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- The Senate enacted a measure yesterday allowing longer trailer trucks on Maryland's highways, ending a four-year battle between the trucking industry and safety groups.
The bill, approved 35-11, now goes to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who is expected to sign it.
Maryland is one of just four states that restrict trailer lengths to 48 feet. The bill passed yesterday would allow truck trailers to span 53 feet.
The measure was touted as an economic development tool, but opponents insisted longer trailers pose a safety hazard.