Las Vegas, NV- A new bill just introduced to Capitol Hill will give states permission to allow heavier trucks on their roadways by raising the maximum weight of trucks with 6 axles to 91,000 lbs. A move that will likely get pushback from trucking safety advocates.
With an improving economy, growing consumer demand and a truck driver shortage, the trucking industry is looking to increase their shipping capacity. In the latest transportation bill, which still hasn’t been approved by Congress, lawmakers added a provision that would allow carriers to haul 33 ft. tandem trailers. Now another piece of legislation will allow for not only bigger trucks but heavier trucks.
The legislation introduced by Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) would give states the permission to allow significantly heavier trucks on the road. Currently, commercial trucks with six axles are limited to 80,000 lbs. but the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act would allow trucks weighing up to 91,000 lbs. on the nation’s interstates.
The Coalition for Trucking Productivity and shipping companies have commended the bill, but no specific trucking associations have put their support behind it, according to Trucking Info.
Rep. Ribble said in his piece posted on the Hill that the additional 11,000 lbs. added to the maximum truck weight isn’t more prone to accidents. He says the sixth axle will provide a truck with “stopping power equal to or better than that of a five-axle truck.”
He also notes that Canada and Europe allow trucks as heavy as 100,000 lbs. on the road. He also noted that allowing more freight on trucks will reduce the number of commercial trucks on the road.
To err on the side of safety, the SAFE Act allows the Department of Transportation to require additional safety equipment for the heavier trucks.
This push for heavier trucks comes at a time when fatal truck accidents are on the rise in Nevada and across the country. In contrast, fatal car accidents are one the decline.
Although, the trucking industry says that heavier and larger trucks are better for trucking safety overall, fact is, a heavier truck causes a greater impact and greater destruction. The force of 11,000 lbs. can mean the difference between injury and death.
Commercial truck accidents thousands of people every year. Some lives are lost too early and others are changed for the worse and in very dramatic ways. Victims of a major truck accidents are urged to contact a truck accident lawyer in Nevada to discuss their collision and see if they are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering.
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