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CABT Statement in Response to Letter Requesting Heavier-Truck Provision in U.S. House Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2018 Contact: Shane Reese, 919.339.3785 STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION AGAINST BIGGER TRUCKS IN RESPONSE TO LETTER SIGNED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REQUESTING HEAVIER-TRUCK PROVISION IN UPCOMING LEGISLATION: “Heavier-truck proponents continue to push for a 91,000-pound pilot project, turning our roads into test tracks and dragging American motorists into a dangerous experiment,” said Shane Reese, spokesman for the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks. “The most recent effort is a letter signed by Members of Congress asking that…

Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail: WV senators can vote down dangerous trucks

CHARLESTON, W.V.—As the chief of police of Parkersburg and the president of the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, public safety is always at the forefront of my mind. But protecting our families and residents comes in many different forms. One particularly pressing and deeply troubling issue is the threat in Congress that would allow for heavier and longer tractor-trailer trucks on our roads. This is especially critical here in West Virginia because both of our U.S. senators sit on…

The Oklahoman: Local sheriff against bigger truck loads pleads with Congress

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Semi trucks with larger, heavier loads would endanger Oklahoma roads and drivers, Payne County Sheriff R.B. Hauf told members of Congress last week. The issue has popped up as the U.S. House prepares the federal spending bill. Members of the House Committee on Appropriations will go through the bill on Wednesday, considering amendments in a process known as markup. Hauf is just one of hundreds of local officials who are fighting against the proposal. Some of the nation’s…

WJBK-TV (Fox 2 Detroit): Effort underway to increase weight of trucks in Michigan

DETROIT—There is a push in Washington DC to allow more weight in semi-trucks. But Roseville Police Chief James Berlin hopes to lead the fight against heavier truck loads hitting the highways and streets. “Last year in the state of Michigan we had 107 people killed in truck crashes,” said Berlin. “That was a 47 percent increase from the year before. You add bigger, heavier trucks and that’s only going to go up.” Now there is an effort to increase the…

WKOW-TV (ABC 27 Madison, WI): Local Police Chief heads to D.C. to oppose proposal to increase weight and size of trucks

MADISON, Wis.—Congress is considering legislation to increase the size and weight limits for trucks. Companies like FedEx and UPS are lobbying to require every state to allow longer double-trailer trucks, also called “Double 33’s or Pups,” which are 17ft longer than typical 53ft trucks. The proposal also seeks to increase national truck weights from 80,000 pounds to 91,000. Stoughton’s Chief of Police Gregory Leck is heading to Washington on behalf of the state to encourage lawmakers to oppose it. “The…

Lincoln (NE) Journal Star: State troopers union president opposes larger trucks proposal

LINCOLN, Neb.—The president of the State Troopers Association of Nebraska will travel to Washington this week to express opposition to legislative proposals to increase the size and weight limits for trucks that are allowed to travel on the nation’s highways. “As trucks get bigger, so do the public safety risks on our roadways,” State Trooper Brian Petersen said. “There’s no place on our roadways these longer and heavier trucks can safely operate,” he said. While the concern of state troopers…

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS): Congressional proposal would tear up Mississippi roads, bridges

JACKSON, Miss.—Prosperity rides on good roads. The first question a new industry asks when evaluating potential location sites, is, “how do I get raw materials in and how do I get finished products out.” That brings me to why I wrote this piece. Congress has debated for years whether to increase the weight and lengths of tractor-trailer trucks on our Interstates, which would impact roads across Mississippi and the nation. They are lobbying for longer double-trailer trucks — sometimes called “Double…

WCAV-TV (CBS 19 News Charlottesville, VA): IIHS Emphasizes Safety Concerns with Bigger Trucks

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says allowing more weight on vehicles will increase the potential for more accidents. Earlier this month, Delegate Scott Garrett of Lynchburg (R-23rd) proposed legislation asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to form a work group to study the impacts heavier trucks would have on Virginia roads. The study would primarily focus on safety, efficiency and infrastructure impacts. Allowing the study would permit Virginia to be eligible to partake in future federal pilot programs.…

The Hill: Local officials warn Congress against bigger trucks

WASHINGTON—Local officials are urging members of Congress to steer clear of any provisions that would allow longer or heavier trucks to operate on roads. A group of 1,000 local leaders, including current mayors and county officials, argued in a letter to lawmakers that allowing heavier or longer trucks on roads will destroy infrastructure that their governments cannot afford to repair. “Allowing heavier and longer trucks will most certainly set us back in our efforts,” the letter reads. “Longer and heavier…

1,000 Community Leaders Deliver Letter to Congress Opposing Bigger Tractor-Trailers

Over 1,000 local government leaders – including mayors, county engineers and public works directors – wrote a letter this week to Congress asking policymakers to oppose any increases in truck size or weight, including longer double-trailer trucks and heavier single-trailer trucks. The letter, entitled “Bigger Trucks: Bad for America’s Local Communities,” was delivered on Thursday, Feb. 22, to Capitol Hill offices. Click here to read the letter. “The letter sends a powerful message to lawmakers in Washington to maintain commonsense…