Increases in truck weight limits have been called for by The National Taxpayers Union (NTU). NTU is a group that bills themselves as “America’s independent, non-partisan advocate for overburdened taxpayers.” The group recently came out in favor of common-sense increases in truck weight limits. NTU’s open letter to the House of Representatives supported quick enactment of H.R. 612, a transportation bill currently before the House.
In short, a key bit of the bill would up the current interstate limit of 80,000 pounds on five axles, to 97,000 pounds on six axles. While improving the hauling efficiency of trucks by nearly 25%, the increase would represent no increase in existing axle-weight limits and would only affect a minimum increase in axle group weights.
Bridge weight capacities on interstate highway routes are built with an exponential safety margin, so the fractional increase in truck weights would have no negative impact while, at the same time, mitigating growth in highway congestion due to increased freight volumes.
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