Cleveland, OH- Americans often apply the credo that “Bigger is Better.” We like bigger in about anything, from our meals to our cars, but when it comes to tractor-trailers, bigger isn’t better and advocates from an unlikely source are urging the Senate to block a bill rider that would allow bigger trucks on the road.
The Senate is still debating a $53 million transportation bill that contains a number or riders which turn back numerous steps made to curtail dangerous trucking accidents.
In a letter sent to Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), 15 trucking companies that primarily rely in independent owner-operators, urge the Senators to reject a rider that would allow larger trucks on roads in Ohio and throughout the U.S., Trucking Info reports.
Spurred on by lobbyists for large trucking companies, like FedEx, Congressional lawmakers added a number of riders that directly impact the safety of all motorists. One of the most troubling to safety advocates is a rider that would allow companies to haul two 33-foot trailers in tandem which they say increases the chances of that truck being in an accident by 15 percent.
FedEx alleges that these larger trucks would make roads safer by taking more trucks off the road, but the alliance of small trucking companies say this is not true. In the letter, the alliance wrote that twin trailers “would have a negative impact on highway safety, accelerate wear and tear on the nation’s highway system, and make it very difficult for small trucking companies, which are the heart of our industry, to compete.”
To further convince Senators that they need to reject the rider, they trucking alliance noted in their letter that a recent study on weight and size of large commercial trucks from the Dept. of Transportation “concluded that no changes in the relevant truck size and weight laws should be considered at this time,” Trucking Info reported.
This is the second letter Senator Cochran has received about the transportation bill in which the rollbacks in trucking regulations have been heavily criticized. Last week, he received a letter from elected transportation commissioners in his home state, expressing many of the same concerns smaller trucking companies discussed in their letter.
Under current regulations, trucks are allowed to haul two 28 foot trailers in tandem, but shipping companies say they aren’t large enough and now was twin 33-foot trailers. These companies have also successfully lobbied Congress to suspended hours-of-service rules intended to prevent fatigued driving accidents. Unfortunately, reversals of these safety regulations are happening despite an increase in fatal truck accidents.
Safety regulations can go a long way to prevent deadly accidents but it won’t prevent them all. Victims of truck accidents face exorbitant medical costs and need to contact a truck accident attorney in Cleveland to work on your personal injury claim or wrongful death claim.
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