It’s simple: safety! There are too many trucks on our local roads. They drive by our schools, homes, and playgrounds. The federal government passed gross vehicle weight limits on Interstate Highways in 1982 meaning trucks taking less direct local routes, contributing more to traffic and congestion, burning more fuel and generating more emissions.
In 36 years there have been major advancements in truck safety technology. But the benefits of these modern, better performing trucks cannot be fully realized.
Trucks with a 6-axle, 91,000 lbs configuration are safer and more efficient. We are asking the federal government to safely modernize America’s truck weight limit on Interstate Highways. Increasing the weight limit will not mean longer, higher, or wider trucks— just more modern, safer and productive trucks.
Current federal truck weight limits were set in 1982. Despite 35 years of advancements in paving and safety technology, our laws have not changed. It’s time to modernize.
We are members of manufacturing, agriculture, food and beverage, and other industries that sustain America.
The SHIP Coalition supports modernizing GVW limits on Interstate Highways.
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.
Heavier trucks will damage roads and bridges, increase maintenance costs and create bigger federal deficits.
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.
Modern trucks are also federal bridge formula compliant.
Heavier trucks mean bigger trucks.
Increasing the weight limit will not mean longer, higher or wider trucks—just more productive trucks.
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.