Truckers can call in to participate in truck size and weight session

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Monday, December 16, 2013

The Federal Highway Administration has limited the number of spots available for online participation in the truck size and weight outreach session scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18. However, the agency plans to make a number available to truckers who wish to participate by phone. Those who call in will not need to register in advance, Land Line has learned.

The call-in number will not be made public until just prior to the session, which is hosted by the Federal Highway Administration as part of a congressionally mandated study of truck sizes and weights.

To obtain the call-in number in advance and receive some talking points about the study and how truck size and weight affects small businesses, the economy, the nation’s infrastructure and freight movement, contact OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., staff at washingtonoffice@ooida.com.

Online participation is limited to 500 who register in advance. To register for online participation, click here and locate the registration link, which also contains materials and documents related to the study.

Among the study information are bridge analyses; enforcement and compliance documents; truck crashes and highway safety data; pavement comparisons; and an analysis of modal shifts in freight movement. These documents are referred to by the federal agency as “desk scans” and will be discussed during the session.

The Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study is one of the mandates in the current highway law MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. Rather than include increases to truck size and weight limits as desired by large shippers and carriers, Congress opted instead for the comprehensive study to find out how such increases would affect the economy, roads and bridges, and other factors.

OOIDA urges small-business truckers and owner-operators to get involved in the process and make their voices heard on the issues.

The Federal Highway Administration hopes to make its report to Congress in November 2014. In addition to the Dec. 18 outreach session, the agency plans to host two more public sessions in the early part of the new year. The agency held its first session in May.

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