LINCOLN — An Illinois company that hauls garbage from the Omaha area to a landfill in Butler County has been fined $222,000 for overweight trucks.
The Nebraska State Patrol said Thursday that it had conducted a nine-month investigation of Mr. Bult’s Inc., a Burnham, Illinois, carrier that is hired to haul garbage and waste products from Omaha to a landfill near David City.
The hauler’s vehicles were registered to carry 94,000 pounds but were found to have violated that limit 2,076 times between October 2013 and July 2014.
Mr. Bult’s agreed to a settlement with the state that requires the company to pay $222,000 in civil penalties.
Seventy-five percent of the fine will go to a fund managed by the Nebraska Department of Roads for state highways. The remaining 25 percent of the fine will be shared by Butler, Douglas and Saunders Counties, whose roads were used by the hauler’s trucks.
The Patrol’s Carrier Enforcement Division is charged with enforcing weight limits on state roads. Overweight trucks damage pavement.
This is the first civil penalty assessed by the patrol for overweight vehicles since a state law was changed in September 2013 to allow for civil penalties to be assessed against the owners of companies for such violations.
“This was great work by our troopers going beyond the roadside stop to uncover a pattern of abuse,” said Capt. Gerry Krolikowski, the head of the carrier enforcement division.
World-Herald staff writer Jay Withrow contributed to this report.
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