Tompkins County Cracks Down on Truck Traffic

On WENY-TV, 8-16-11: 

DSEC observes:  Local governments have the legal right to regulate roads.  The provision of state law that preempts their right to regulate drilling at all carves out and allows road regulation, but road regulations must be activity neutral and not single out any line of business.  The Tompkins County Legislature is finding it difficult to write a law that is neutral on its face as required by law but which in practice singles out drilling trucking, the real intent, without also hurting local businesses.  In fact, the tasks of writing an industry neutral law and not hurting local businesses may be incompatible and prove to be impossible.