Heavy Hauling Bill Needs More Study

Truck Weight Increase Killed by House Panel

For those waiting to haul heavier and longer commercial vehicles, you will have to wait a bit longer. On February 2, 2012 the House voted against increasing the weights of commercial vehicles and instead voted to do a three-year study covering safety concerns, wear and tear on roads and bridges as well as the impact on diverted freight from railroads and other modes of transportation.

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Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted 33 to 22 to study the increased limit, rather than actually increasing it. This left many disappointed and frustrated as CTP executive director John Runyan in a statement. “There is no need to commit further study to this truck weight proposal. Voluminous academic research and practical on-the-ground experience has proven that states should have the option to put more productive, six-axle trucks on the Interstates.”

The bill that was before the House Transportation and Infrastructure would have seen commercial vehicle weights increase from it’s current 80,000 lbs to 97,000 and expand the use of double and triple trailers on public highways.

While this a blow advocates of the bill in the trucking industry it’s seen as a win for the rail industry.