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Say No to Bigger Trucks

by CABT category: Politics

“Heavier trucks would damage infrastructure, increase congestion & cost taxpayers. #NoBiggerTrucks #TimeToBuild http://thndr.me/KFGe9v

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This campaign ended on May 17, 2017 at 10AM

Say No to Bigger Trucks

Semitrailer trucks play a vital role in the U.S. economy and transportation system, but longer, heavier trucks endanger motorists, weaken our roads and bridges, and cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year in highway subsidies.

While the U.S. House of Representatives soundly defeated an amendment to allow 91,000-pound trucks as recently as 2015, some in Congress are at it again. They have proposed a multi-state pilot program to increase federal limits on truck weights from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds - a 14 percent increase.

Here are the facts:

Infrastructure Damage

  • We already face a national infrastructure crisis. More than half the bridges on the National Highway System are more than 40 years old, and nearly 25 percent are already either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete (FHWA Deficient Bridges by Highway System, 2015).
  • Increasing truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds would negatively affect more than 4,800 bridges, incurring up to $1.1 billion in additional federal investment (USDOT MAP-21 Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Final Report to Congress, 2016; pg. 10, Table 2).

Traffic Congestion

  • Congress last increased the federal weight limit in 1982. Then, as now, those pushing for bigger trucks said it would result in fewer trucks on the road, but that never happened. In fact, the number of trucks registered in the U.S. and the mileage of trucks traveled has steadily increased.
  • A study conducted in 2010 concluded that an increase from 80,000 pounds to the 97,000-pound weight limit then being proposed could reduce overall rail traffic by 19 percent (Martland, 2010; pg. 14, Table 10).
  • The same study found that diverted freight will inevitably find its way onto the highway, resulting in 8 million more trucks on our roads and bridges—a 56 percent increase. This influx would not only further endanger motorists, but cause exponential damage to our nation’s roads and bridges.

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CABT
@NoBiggerTrucks

A leading voice in opposing more dangerous truck configurations, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) is a national, nonprofit grassroots organization that advocates for highway safety and sound transportation policies.

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