Federal truck size and weight study delayed, public comments now available

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | 11/25/2014

The Federal Highway Administration has pushed back the publication of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study until 2015. However, the administration has unveiled the official docket for the study and opened up another opportunity for truckers to comment.

A notice on Tuesday, Nov. 25, states that the Federal Highway Administration has not met its November 2014 statutory deadline to report its study on truck size and weight to Congress as commissioned in the MAP-21 highway bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.

“We recognize many people, including Congress, are eagerly awaiting the release of the report. However, the Department is committed to producing the most objective, data-driven report possible. Based on the current status and the scope and importance of the task at hand, we have had to delay completion of the study until 2015,” the FHWA stated.

The same notice states that the official docket for the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limit Study is now open at regulations.gov with a Docket ID number of FHWA-2014-0035. Click here to access the docket.

Prior to the launch of the official docket, documents related to the size and weight study resided on the FHWA’s website.

The launch of the docket opens up another public comment period, according to the notice. Previous comment periods opened and closed in 2013 and early 2014. The FHWA hosted a public listening session in December 2013.

“This presents more opportunity for truckers to comment on truck size and weight,” says OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Ryan Bowley.

“In the past, there was a page for the study on Federal Highways’ website,” Bowley said. “That included the transcript of the listening session, various documents, the peer review. … They received written public comments on the study, but had not yet put that out there for public consumption. Now, the docket is available and they have posted what has already been submitted. By having the docket open, it will allow folks to submit comments on the study more easily.”

Of the first 47 comments published to the docket, approximately half have been submitted by companies, carriers and groups that favor increasing truck sizes and weights on America’s highways.

OOIDA opposes increasing truck sizes and weights.

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