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Landline: OOIDA draws attention to Indiana overweight truck bills

“Trucking already suffers from overcapacity – too many trucks, trailers and drivers,” Pugh wrote in a recent letter to Pressel. He said his point is reflected by wages, working conditions, and rampant driver turnover. “Rather than address real trucking issues, you are leading the charge on a bill that will hasten the deterioration of Indiana’s already crumbling infrastructure, reduce margins of safety, and ultimately give a competitive advantage to the largest economic interests in trucking,” Pugh wrote. Read More+…

Indy Star (IN): 2 Indiana Sheriffs: Here’s What 60-Ton Trucks on our Roads Mean for Taxpayers and Safety

With minimal requirements, virtually any truck can operate at this weight on our state and local roads where we live, work and play. While some trucks legally operate today at this weight, these bills would open the floodgates to any truck. And how many more of these heavier trucks could we see? Unfortunately, nobody knows. But by meeting the most minimal requirements, any company that wants to operate 120,000-pound trucks on Indiana roads would be able to do so. This has huge implications for…

Bismarck Tribune (ND): Tribune editorial: Good reasons we don’t need ‘road trains’

The reasons mentioned above are why the nation places limits on the size and weight of trucks. A pilot program in North Dakota isn’t going to change the mindset in the rest of the nation. Not many states have the open spaces of North Dakota. Road trains wouldn’t be practical in urban areas and through mountain ranges. The House should reject Senate Bill 2026 and the Senate should kill House Concurrent Resolution 3001. The resolution asks Congress to amend truck length…

Journal & Courier (IN): Truck legislation would make Indiana roads less safe, Lafayette police chief says

Legislation has been introduced in our state legislature that would dramatically expand the number of overweight trucks on our state roads. HB 1190 and SB 40 would create a permit allowing virtually any truck carrying any commodity to operate at up to 120,000 pounds. To put this into perspective, that is 40,000 pounds heavier than the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds. Even worse, trucks that currently operate on our interstates would divert to state roads to take advantage of…

Fargo Forum: Super long trucks may be headed for a road near you. Are they safe?

“It scares me to death to think that this would take place out on our nation’s highway,” said Don Smith, a former sheriff of Putnam County, New York, and a member of the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks’ law enforcement board. “Between the statistics and plain old common sense and Newton’s Second Law — force equals mass times acceleration — I have to tell you, it’s just not a good idea. It’s a very dangerous idea.”   Read More +…

Fargo Forum: Letter- ND should steer clear of dangerous ‘road trains’

“And wear-and-tear isn’t the only problem posed by outsized trucks. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Multiple-trailer trucks have more handling problems than single-trailer trucks. In general, the additional connection points contribute to greater instability, which can lead to jackknifing, overturning, and lane encroachments.” Further safety studies are sorely needed, but the analysis conducted thus far has been far from promising. Despite all this research, North Dakota lawmakers continue to press forward in their misguided push to enact the “road…

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Allowing Bigger Truck Loopholes Dangerous for Commonwealth Motorists

“Law enforcement professionals across the Commonwealth are opposed with proposals to put even heavier, more dangerous trucks on our roads,” said Scott Bohn, Executive Director of PCPA. “To our members, this is just common sense. Regardless of what type of cargo is being transported, allowing even heavier trucks on our roads is a recipe for disaster. Heavier weights have been associated with increased braking violations, higher likelihood of rolling over, and more severe crashes, to name a few concerns.” Read…

Daily Local News (PA): Former West Chester police chief warns of dangers of overweight trucks

“Law enforcement professionals across the Commonwealth are opposed with proposals to put even heavier, more dangerous trucks on our roads,” said Bohn. “To our members, this is just common sense. Regardless of what type of cargo is being transported, allowing even heavier trucks on our roads is a recipe for disaster. Heavier weights have been associated with increased braking violations, higher likelihood of rolling over, and more severe crashes, to name a few concerns.” Read More+…

Guest Comment: Critical period in truck size, weight issue as House considers legislation

With these important milestones looming, the longstanding coalition, including law enforcement and rail, needs to ensure that no heavier or longer truck amendments get added to the bill. Indeed, the next several weeks will be key in protecting against bigger trucks, which are far more dangerous and threatening to motorists and our infrastructure than the typical tractor trailer.…