Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Bills would freeze truck size, weight limits

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) have introduced House and Senate versions of the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, which would freeze national truck size and weight limits on the interstate highway system. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-V.A.) is the lead co-sponsor of H.R. 1574.

The Association of American Railroads applauded the move.

“Big, heavy trucks today don’t pay their full share of damage to our nation’s highways, costing American taxpayers billions of dollars each year for pothole and bridge repairs,” said AAR Vice President of Communications Patricia M. Reilly. “Now isn’t the time to increase the infrastructure subsidy enjoyed by trucks, which in turn increases the cost burden on taxpayers.”

Reilly noted that there is other legislation before Congress that would increase weights by as much as 20% to 97,000 pounds from the current 80,000 federal weight cap.