Stay Out of Left Lane in Charleston

April 23, 2001

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South Carolina legislators wanted to keep trucks out of the left lane of Interstate 26 through the Charleston area, but the state trucking association managed to keep lawmakers from enacting an outright ban.

According to published reports, the state House and Senate passed a resolution prohibiting trucks with three or more axles from driving in the left lane on the 20-mile stretch unless passing another vehicle. The highway has three lanes in each direction.
The resolution, which does not contain any penalties, does not need the governor's signature and will take effect as soon as the state Transportation Department can install signs warning of the new restriction.
State Sen. Bill Branton, who sponsored the resolution, originally wanted a ban on trucks in the left lane. The state trucking association argued that was too restrictive. If this resolution doesn't help the situation, Branton says the legislature will revisit the issue next year.

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