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Proposed Regulations Restricting Truck Traffic Scrapped

By Ryan Morden

Oswego, NY – The New York Farm Bureau is relieved that the State Department of Transportation decided to scrap proposed regulations that would ban trucks from driving on several roads in the Finger Lakes region.

Residents and some local officials have been trying for years to ban large trucks from using the area's residential rural roads.

They claim the noise and vibrations from the trucks disrupts the local tourism industry.

Peter Gregg, with the Farm Bureau, says the regulations would have hurt farms on those roads.

Gregg says much attention was focused on the trash trucks from New York City, and says the Department of Transportation can address that problem in a different way.

"Our trucks, we don't feel our trucks are disruptive. Certainly we need to utilize these roads and our trucks are necessary to transport our goods to market. This is something we have to do, and we contribute to the local economy, we provide jobs, and these communities, this is where we operate. We're not coming from somewhere else disrupting the neighborhood," said Gregg.

The State Department of Transportation held public comment on draft regulations that would restrict truck traffic, but decided yesterday to scrap the plan.