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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
South Carolina State Highway Dept. v. Barnwell Bros.
Citation:303 U.S. 177 (1938)
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The South Carolina enacted a statute that prohibits use on the state highways of motor trucks and “semi-trailer motor trucks” whose width exceeds 90 inches and whose weight exceeds 20,000 pounds. The trial court held the statute unconstitutional upon its finding that there is a large amount of motor truck traffic passing over the highways of South Carolina. The court rested its decision that the statute unreasonably burdens interstate commerce upon findings that there is a large amount of motor-truck traffic passing interstate in the southeastern part of the United States, which would normally pass over the highways of South Carolina, but which will be barred from the state by the challenged restrictions if enforced.
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