Bill seeks to revise vehicle weight restrictions

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Senator James Moylan (file photo)

A  piece of legislation has been introduced amending statutes that established the weight and load standards of vehicles traveling on Guam’s roads. These standards, according to the proposed measure, increase the cost of basic commodities being imported and distributed on island.

Bill 71-35, introduced by Sen. James Moylan, proposes to amend the statute establishing the current vehicle weight limitations.

Moylan said, “Public Law 33-106, which was enacted in 2015, established such measures, including a bridge formula for our roads that required a very conservative standard which forced importers to lighten their incoming shipments, thus resulting in increased shipping costs for goods entering our island.”

According to Moylan, the current formula is attributed to an $8 increase on the price of a 50 lb bag of Jasmine Rice. It also increases the cost of a bag of sugar and a can of corned beef by around 6 percent. Consumers are paying 5 percent more for a gallon of milk and 26 percent more per pound of chicken thighs.

“These costs were added to the goods, which unfortunately meant that island residents would end up paying more at the cash registers. Revising the formula could mean savings for consumers,” Moylan said.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.