‘Scale’ of Justice: Hochul signs bill authorizing tighter enforcement of trucks on BQE

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill authorizing the use of brand-new technology to monitor and issue violations to overweight trucks on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway’s crumbling cantilever in Brooklyn Heights.

Introduced by state Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, the bill amends traffic law to allow for the launch of a pilot “weigh in motion program,” which will prompt the city’s Department of Transportation to install up to 16 weigh stations on the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street. The technology will flag trucks exceeding the roadway’s 80,000-pound limit and allow authorities to issue violations to the vehicle’s owners.

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