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Could heavier trucks hit highways?

WASHINGTON — Big trucks with heavy loads could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way. These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These would be 18-wheeler trucks rolling down ordinary highways with loads of 91,000 pounds and perhaps more. Supporters say the super trucks are important to keep commerce flowing, particularly for enterprises such…

Monster trucks for Virginia’s roads? Some lawmakers want to study them; opponents see them as menace

Monster trucks could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way. These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These would be 18-wheeler trucks rolling down ordinary highways with loads of 91,000 pounds and perhaps more. Supporters say the super trucks are important to keep commerce flowing, particularly for enterprises such as the Port of Virginia.…

Monster trucks on Virginia’s roads? Some want to study them; opponents see a menace.

Monster trucks could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way. These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These would be 18-wheeler trucks rolling down ordinary highways with loads of 91,000 pounds and perhaps more. Supporters say the super trucks are important to keep commerce flowing, particularly for enterprises such as the Port of Virginia.…

Monster trucks for Virginia’s roads? Some lawmakers want to study them; opponents see them as menace.

Two Virginia lawmakers would like the commonwealth to permit heavier 18-wheel trucks on its roads as part of a possible federal pilot program. Opponents say such trucks are threats to infrastructure and other vehicles. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images) Monster trucks could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way.  These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These…

State lawmakers weigh in on Interstate 81 truck study

INCHESTER — The state Senate and House of Delegates are considering legislation to participate in a multiyear pilot program to test the impact of increasing the weight of trucks on Virginia interstate highways from the current limit of 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds. Senate Bill 504, introduced by Sen. Charles Carrico Sr., and House Bill 1276, introduced by Del. Scott Garrett, are identical bills that would authorize the state Commissioner of Highways to enroll in a federal pilot program to…

New Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Bigger Trucks

WASHINGTON—Congress is likely to consider several proposals this session to increase truck size and weight. The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) commissioned a live-operator nationwide poll of 800 likely voters, of which the overwhelming majority oppose longer and heavier trucks. The survey was conducted Jan. 10-14, 2018, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. “This nationwide poll illustrates that motorists clearly do not want to be flanked by longer or heavier tractor-trailers on the…

Modesto Bee: Don’t send those huge trucks onto our local roads, bridges, says county engineer

Keeping our roads and bridges drivable is one of the highest priorities I have in Stanislaus County. In fact, it’s a top priority for public works departments throughout California. As the immediate past president of the County Engineers Association of California, I know firsthand the issues faced by my fellow engineers in keeping our roads and bridges safe for public use. One of the biggest issues we are staring down right now is a federal proposal to allow heavier and…

Kansas City Star: Heavier trucks would make highways more dangerous, says Sheriff

As America’s crossroads and the midpoint to both the East and West coasts, Kansas is a hotbed of trucking activity. There is little argument that the trucking industry thrives here and should continue to thrive as a vital part of our economy and culture. But the vast majority of law enforcement professionals across the country agree on another truck truism: Longer double-trailer trucks and heavier 18-wheelers on our nation’s roads, including here in Kansas, are a danger and are not…

Sheriff & Deputy Magazine: Put a stop to bigger trucks, says Sheriff

“Profit margins should never obstruct the public’s best interests in highway safety and infrastructure preservation.” — Sheriff Alex Hodge Like many of you, I have spent the majority of my career in law enforcement—nearly a decade as sheriff of Jones County (Mississippi) and 12 years as a state trooper previously. Also like you, protecting and serving the people of my county and state continues to be my top priority—it is what I was called to do—and that is why I…

The Hill: Rebuild infrastructure, but keep longer and heavier trucks off highways, says Sheriff

As a lifelong conservative Republican, I believe that free enterprise and fewer burdensome regulations enable American prosperity and economic growth. As a retired United States Army General Officer, I value efficient logistics and productivity. And in my role as chairman of the board of the American Security Council Foundation, I firmly believe that we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and secure our future energy needs right here at home. The proposal to adopt longer double-trailer trucks, though, undermines…