Amendment defeats heavier trucks
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association opposes increasing truck weight limits, as well as making longer combination vehicles, including double and triple trailers, the industry standard. “Truck drivers know firsthand that heavier and longer trucks are much harder to maneuver and put additional stress on our already deteriorating highways and bridges,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA executive vice president.
AAA also opposes the higher truck weight limit. “Additional research is required to demonstrate exactly how bigger and heavier trucks would impact traffic safety. Absent this research, we cannot take the chance – there is simply too much at stake,” said AAA Managing Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety Advocacy Jill Ingrassia.
The Senate will tackle its own version of a highways bill that doesn’t contain a provision for heavier trucks and covers two years instead of five.
The House bill will be debated and voted upon Feb. 2.