Truck Size and Weight Limits

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Background
Trucking industry productivity is at risk as competing bills in Congress address truck size and weight limitations. The Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, H.R. 763, S. 747, would let states increase the current 80,000 lb truck weight limit, where appropriate, to 97,000 lbs with an additional axle and added wheels. It is opposed by railroads and safety advocates, both of which want to force freight off trucks and onto trains. Railroads and their supporters are backing the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Protection Act, S. 876, H.R. 1574, which would prohibit longer and heavier trucks on many roads where they now operate safely, and prohibit any increase in weight limits.

NASSTRAC Position

NASSTRAC encourages you to support the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, H.R. 763, S. 747, and to oppose the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Protection Act, S. 876, H.R. 1574.

(Updated Dec. 1, 2012)