The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a bi-partisan letter expressing support for inclusion of a pilot program to increase truck weights from the current 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds for the Interstate Highway System.
ISRI has supported increasing truck weights as one approach towards solving the nation’s transportation problems. There were 47 members of Congress who signed onto this letter written by Congressmen John Katko (R-NY) and Annie Kuster (D-NH). In the letter, the Congressmen explain that the nation’s trucking laws have not advanced since for more than 35 years resulting in “less safe and efficient trucking by pushing more trucks onto our local neighborhood roads.” The aims of this proposal are to increase safety by allowing heavier trucks with an additional axle that provides for better braking. Additionally, by increasing the weight load of trucks, it should require less trucks to transport more products. That in turn would “steer these trucks onto larger interstate highways and away from smaller, local roads.” The Safer Hauling and Infrastructure Protection (SHIP) Coalition will try to have this proposal included in a comprehensive infrastructure package expected next year. Chairman Shuster has also released a blueprint of an infrastructure package resembling the president’s infrastructure package released earlier this year.
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