Registration opens for May 6 webinar on truck size and weight study

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 4/24/2014

Registration is now open for participation in an online session May 6 as part of the federal truck size and weight study.

The session is hosted by the Federal Highway Administration, which will present the findings of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study to Congress later this year. Click here to register.

The FHWA recently made available the Transportation Research Board’s independent peer review of five previous studies on truck size and weight. The five previous studies, which are known as “desk scans,” are available for review online. The administration is in the process of sorting out what to include in the final version of the study due later this year.

The previous study and the methodology used by FHWA were recently heavily criticized by TRB.

Congress mandated a federal study of truck size and weight in the 2012 highway bill MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.

Leading up to the passage of MAP-21, OOIDA helped squash a push by large shippers, manufacturers and carriers to increase truck size and weight limits on federal highways from the current 80,000 pounds on five axles to 97,000 pounds on six axles.

Congress mandated the comprehensive study instead as an alternative to actually increasing size and weight limits.

The study will use existing data from the previous studies as well as some newer data to compare safety risks, infrastructure impacts and economic effects among trucks operating within current legal federal weight limits and those allowed to operate in excess of federal limits due to state exceptions.

The study also addresses the effects of longer-combination vehicles on safety, infrastructure, freight patterns and the economy.

The FHWA hopes to complete its technical report this spring and offer it up for public comments sometime in late spring or early summer. The FHWA is due to present the study to Congress in November.

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