ATA has recently recommended a 97,000-pound weight limit on 53-foot
trailers, and while that might help increase profits for motor carriers, not
everyone is on board.
On Tuesday, March 14, the Truckload Carriers Association decided at its
annual meeting in Orlando, FL, to maintain its own position for an 80,000-pound
maximum and not toe the ATA line.
According to The Trucker,
TCA President Chris Burruss commended ATA’s willingness to find commonality
among its members. “However, it should be noted that many in the truckload
segment do not support ATA’s view on this matter,” Burruss said.
“Consensus will be difficult, but we are fully committed to discuss all
proposals and recommendations regarding this matter through our committee
On Feb. 22, ATA board members began seeking federal legislation to
allow bigger and heavier commercial vehicles, which marked a turnaround from
the motor carrier association’s previous stance.