Koch Amendment Protects Motorists
Local Incident Prompts Legislation
STATEHOUSE-Hoosier motorists will be safer as a result of an amendment passed yesterday by State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford). Rep. Koch's amendment to House Bill 1084 would require the certification of commercial motor vehicle operators who transport one or more metal coils that, individually or grouped together, weigh at least 5,000 pounds, in proper load securement of the metal coil or coils as provided in 49 CFR 393.120. A motor carrier or operator of a commercial motor vehicle who violates the requirement could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.
"I was motivated by the tragic event that occurred in January on State Road 37 south of Mitchell. It is my hope that this legislation will make it less likely that such a tragedy will happen again in our state," said Rep. Koch. "While federal motor carrier regulations provide the standards for securing metal coils being transported, there is no requirement that the operator demonstrate proficiency of the standards. The certification will help ensure that all metal coils being transported on our highways are properly and safely secured."
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties, and is Assistant Republican Caucus Chairman. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and is Ranking Member of the House Courts & Criminal Code Committee. -30-