MINI PILOT PROGRAM
The CARES Act included a provision to allow states to issue permits to increase Gross Vehicle Weight limits on Interstates during the COVID-19 crisis. During this time there were no increased safety risks and our members found environmental benefits through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
MYTHS AND FACTS
Increasing the GVW limit will compromise safety.
A ten year pilot in Idaho found there was no heightened safety risk. And the U.S. DOT concluded that the six-axle truck had better braking.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation found that the addition of a sixth axle created a 37% reduction in road wear and an overall reduction in the number of trips needed to transport products.
Trucks at 91,000-pounds on 6 axles are federal bridge formula compliant.
Increasing the weight limit will not mean longer, higher or wider trucks—just trucks that are not driving with 1/3 of the trailer empty.
A six-axle configuration has the same overall dimension as trucks currently traveling the Interstate carrying 80,000 lbs.
Heavy trucks are energy hogs.
According to two separate studies, modern trucks result in lower fuel costs and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The average fuel savings was 1 to 2 gallons per trip and emissions were estimated to decrease by as much as 11% per trip.
GET THE FACTS
Modernizing the truck weight limit on Federal Interstate Highways will:
Make roads safer for our families
Minimize congestion on state and local roads
Reduce infrastructure costs, saving taxpayer dollars
Reduce greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions