NEW LEFT LANE RESTRICTIONS FOR TRUCK OPERATORS
LITTLE ROCK (9-7)
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will soon
be installing signs along two busy Interstates in
Act 1054 of 2007 by Senator Percy Malone amended Arkansas Code 27-65-107
(a) to restrict the travel of vehicles with more than two axles from the
farthest left lane on designated six-lane Interstates. The Arkansas Highway
Commission, at its August meeting, authorized the AHTD to erect the signs needed
to communicate and enforce the law.
Signs will be installed on I-30 between
“This new law is intended to assure that traffic flows safely and
smoothly on six-lane Interstates by better managing the passenger cars and
trucks that share the roadway,” said AHTD Director Dan Flowers. “We will
monitor these two sections to ensure that we are achieving the desired balance
between safety and mobility.”
The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) also supported the legislation.
“Safety is of paramount importance to our industry, and we think this
new law will have a positive effect on safety,” said Lane Kidd of the ATA.
“Many trucks on the road today have governors installed which restrict their
speed to at or below the posted speed limits, so trucks seldom have a need to be
in the far left lane of those roadways.”
The AHTD plans to start installing the new signs on September 17, 2007.