- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WEBSTER, N.H. (AP) - Home heating oil companies are angry at one New Hampshire town, which has started issuing them tickets for violating road weight limits.

Such trucks usually travel local posted roads without a problem, but that’s not the case in Webster. The town is requiring the vehicles to get a permit for anything more than 6 tons. Town and emergency vehicles are exempt.

Each spring, communities evaluate potential damage to roads, determining whether weight restrictions should be imposed to prevent damage due to freeze/thaw action.

WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1hWN5IA) the concern in Webster is that travel from heavy vehicles on wet days will further damage the town’s crumbling infrastructure.

Roy Fanjoy, chairman of the board of selectmen, said the budget is limited, and town officials are just trying to maintain what they have.

“We’ve been in the business since 1940, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Tom Prescott, owner of Johnny Prescott Oil. He said he has 75 customers in Webster. He now needs a permit to travel or face a $250 fine.

Permits must be obtained 24 hours in advance, so Prescott called the town offices Monday for permission to make a delivery Tuesday, but was later told no because of pending rain.

Prescott said he worries about getting permits for emergency deliveries. “If I have someone that runs out of oil on a weekend and I need to deliver, and I don’t have a waiver, I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said.

Fanjoy said in urgent cases, the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department can be called.

“They would get a hold of the road agent, and he would end up taking care of that to issue them a permit to get them in for emergency fuel,” he said.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com


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