SAFE Trucking Act bill introduced

Would allow for heavier trucks

Posted September 16, 2015

On September 10, 2015, U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) introduced the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act, a bill that aims to increase efficiency and safety on roads, while decreasing wear and tear on the nation’s transportation infrastructure. This would be accomplished by increasing the cargo weight limit for freight-carrying trucks, which would likely result in fewer trucks on roads.

The Act would give states the option to allow trucks to carry a maximum of 91,000 pounds of freight. The current allowance is 80,000 pounds. To insure safe stopping distance and wear on pavement, these heavier trucks would be required to have a sixth axle, up from the current five-axle configuration. The Department of Transportation (DOT) said that the six-axle configuration would be compliant with the current federal bridge formula.

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