ATA, allies will push for 2009 heavier truck law

| 10/26/2007

The American Trucking Association and its allies among the big carriers plan to push hard in two years for congressional approval of longer, heavier trucks.

Logistics Management quotes ATA’s president, Bill Graves, as saying the idea of allowing bigger trucks is gaining some support on Capital Hill because some people see them as part of the solution to global warming because bigger trucks could mean fewer trucks on the road.

But OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the global warming argument is just the latest twist in the heavier trucks campaign.

“Unfortunately, none of those people really remember what happened the last time we had a wholesale increase in truck sizes and weights,” Spencer said. “Virtually every tax levied on truckers, every fee levied on truckers, tripled.”

Graves said ATA is hoping Congress will increase the weight limit on trucks from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds, which is what Canada currently allows.

– By Reed Black, staff writer