The Governor of Virginia recently signed into law several bills regarding issues affecting the trucking industry.

According to the Virginia General Assembly, the first bill Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law is one that reduced the motor vehicle sales and use tax on trailers with registered gross weights of up to 2,000 pounds, reducing the fee from $75 to $35.

The second bill instructs the Virginia Department of Transportation to form a work group in order to identify problems that may arise from semi trucks weighing up to 91,000 pounds participating in a federal data collection pilot program, though the federal pilot program does not yet exist.

The third bill increases the weight limit on bridges from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds with a valid permit as long as the bridge does not have a lower posted weight limit sign. The law does not apply to vehicles traveling along Virginia’s interstate highways.