Heavy Weight Truck Amendment Defeated in House

A proposed congressional measure to allow heavier trucks to operate on the nation’s highways was rejected in the House last week, as The Hill reports.
The rejected amendment  have would allow states to increase the current weight limit for a 6-axle truck from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds.

The measure was strongly opposed by the railroad industry, which said allowing the heavier trucks would damage U.S. highway infrastructure and create safety concerns. The AAR cited a U.S. Department of Transportation study released in June that found the added stress of bigger trucks would require engineering, repair work or replacement of nearly 5,000 bridges – implying that  this proposal would create a massive additional cost borne by U.S. taxpayers.

Supporters of the truck-weight amendment included more than 70 food and agriculture associations. This issue continues to be an AgTC (Agriculture Transportation Coalition) priority– the countries which are producing competitive products to US agriculture and forest products, such as Canada, Brazil, Argentina and all of Europe, currently allow 96,600 pounds gross vehicle weight, which is even 5000 pounds more than was being proposed in this amendment.

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