Bill aims to preserve truck size and weight

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 4/18/2011

A U.S. House lawmaker has filed a bill that would preserve the size and weight of trucks on the highways. OOIDA supports the effort.

Bill HR1574, introduced on Friday, April 15, by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA, is the latest pushback against shipper-backed proposals to increase truck sizes and weights.

McGovern’s bill is titled the Safe Highway and Infrastructure Preservation Act – or SHIPA – and it likely sounds familiar. That’s because McGovern filed a similar bill with the same name two years ago. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, filed a comparable bill in the Senate in 2009.

Congress is currently on break. Lautenberg, who is adamantly against efforts to increase truck sizes and weights, is likely to follow suit once the Senate session resumes.

OOIDA says that the larger and heavier a vehicle is, the more problems a driver can have interacting with other vehicles on the highways. Heavier trucks would also hasten the deterioration of roads and bridges.

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