Amendment defeats heavier trucks



Raising truck weight limits on U.S. highways has been put off for the time being. A bipartisan amendment to require a study of the impact of heavier truck weight limits was approved Feb. 2 as debate opened on the $260 billion American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7). The defeated provision would have permitted trucks pulling single trailers to weigh up to 97,000 pounds on six axles, an increase from the current limit of 80,000 pounds on five axles.