Efforts to raise tractor trailer weight limits from 80,000 lbs. to 97,000 lbs. is causing an uproar by safety advocates who believe the higher weight limit will create major safety issues for the general driving public. Calling it a “public health crisis,” they believe that by making the semi trucks larger than they already are, will pose an even bigger danger to public safety. They have begun a push to stop the efforts by building a new site: StopBiggerTrucks.org
Trucking organizations such as the American Trucking Association counter, by stating that the new rule would actually have the opposite effect by allowing trucks to haul more freight, thus cutting down the traffic issue on our highways and interstates.
The highway bill is due to come up in the first week of June, 2009.
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