PETERSBURG-AK Alaska’s Department of Transportation has been stepping-up enforcement of rules that cover many commercial fishing operations and other businesses when they haul gear and vessels on public roads. The regulations can also impact non-commercial drivers who transport boats or other loads that exceed size restrictions. State officials say the rules have long been in place to meet federal highway safety requirements. But the issue has prompted an outcry from some fishermen who say the rules are excessive and that concern has caught the attention of state lawmakers.
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