Truce in truck weight debate

Jill Dunn | February 14, 2012

At a July congressional hearing, an Advocates representative testified that research indicated that since 1974, every time a federal or state mandate permitted truck size and weight hikes it resulted in more trucks on the road than before.

OOIDA added that heavier vehicles create more infrastructure stress, leading to tax and toll increases to pay for the additional damage.

Still, the ATA maintains the change will yield fewer truck trips, resulting in reduced truck crashes, fuel use, emissions and road congestion. The extra axle adds additional braking capacity and prevents pavements from sustaining more damage, ATA said.

The non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste sides with ATA’s view, adding that the United States competes with weight limits of 106,000 pounds in Mexico and 95,000 in Canada.

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