Truck size and weight comments due Wednesday

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Input from America’s trucking professionals is a valuable resource as federal officials study the effects of truck size and weight on highway safety, roadway infrastructure and cost. Public comments due Wednesday, June 5, will help the U.S. DOT carry out the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study as mandated by Congress.

Experienced OOIDA member truckers who attended the recent listening session at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC, reported that the feds are listening and are inviting more input from the small-business trucking community.

Life Members Tilden Curl and Steve Davenport along with Senior Member Scott Grenerth all reported a positive two-way dialogue during the listening session.

OOIDA is encouraging truckers to raise talking points that are important to them concerning truck size and weight. While a number of trucking professionals and carriers specialize in heavy-haul operations, OOIDA is opposed to opening up the nation’s vital infrastructure to larger and heavier trucks.

The Association has raised issues about infrastructure, vehicle maneuvering, highway safety, driver experience, cargo securement in long-combination vehicles, the lack of safe truck parking, and the ever-increasing cost of new equipment. In addition, driver pay won’t automatically increase just because a truck would be hauling more freight under a proposed increase.

Comments can help the officials collect accurate data from out there on the road.

Email comments to CTSWStudy@dot.gov.

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