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Small Truck Drivers Fight Ohio Truck Regulations

In an effort to reduce the number of Ohio truck accidents, in 2008 the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) enacted new, more stringent laws in regards to the state's truck drivers, requiring that vehicles of 10,000 or more pounds meet strict standards. In a drastic drop from the previous weight limit of 26,000 pounds, drivers of smaller vehicles are now required to fulfill requirements such as additional driver documentation, certification and physicals, and get additional vehicle inspections. Small truck owners have struggled to comply with the new laws, and argue that the requirements are unnecessary and expensive for small business owners.According to PUCO spokeswoman Shana Eiselstein, the regulations were augmented to maintain federal funding. Before the 2008 changes, Ohio's hazardous materials and private carriers laws were inconsistent with standards put in place by the federal government. As a result, if the state had not made the changes, it faced the possibility of losing $7 million each year in federal funding, which pays for over 100 vehicle safety inspectors.