• Sensible and modest truck weight reforms will increase safety on our roads and allow the US to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

    • WHY MODERN TRUCKS?​

      As a Coalition, our member companies are focused on improving the country’s supply chains to reduce their carbon footprint and increase safety. Bringing trucking into the 21st century will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, make roads safer for families and drivers, and minimize congestion on state and local roads.

       

       

      The Federal government last changed gross vehicle weight limits in 1982, but in the last 39 years, there have been major advancements in truck safety technology. Trucks are currently driving on state and local roads past our schools, homes, and playgrounds. Increasing Gross Vehicle Weight Limits would move these trucks back on to the better built Federal Interstates where they belong. On reducing carbon footprints, the US Department of Transportation's 2015 technical study work found that the 6-axle truck at up to 91,000-pounds would reduce fuel consumption, CO2, NOX, and congestion costs.

       

       

      It is time for Congress to modestly increase gross vehicle weight limits to 91,000-pounds on 6 axles in a 10-state opt-in pilot program.

    • We are members of manufacturing, agriculture, food and beverage, and other industries that sustain America.

    • 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

      MYTH

      Increasing the GVW limit will compromise safety.

      FACT

      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.

      MYTH

      Heavier trucks will damage roads and bridges, increase maintenance costs and create bigger federal deficits.

      FACT

      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.

      MYTH

      Heavier trucks mean bigger trucks.

      FACT

      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.

      MYTH

      Heavy trucks are energy hogs.

      FACT

      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

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