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Could ‘Super Trucks’ be hitting our roads soon?

Lawmakers in Virginia are considering allowing a vehicle called “Super Trucks” onto I-81. These Super Trucks would be able to carry 90,000 pounds of cargo or more, and that could mean being able to tow not one, not two, but three trailers behind them. Driving along side of tractor trailers is an everyday situation while traveling on I-81. “I’ve had many times where I’ve had one infront of you, one behind you, and one on the side of you,” said…

Hampton Roads highways could see heavier trucks

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) —Should heavier trucks be allowed on Virginia roads? One House and one Senate bill would make it so Virginia could be part of any federal program allowing heavier trucks on the highways. Delegate Scott Garrett sponsored the House bill. 13News Now received his talking points on House Bill 1276. This bill could permit trucks with 6 axles to carry up to 91,000 pounds on interstates. The current maximum weight is 80,000 pounds for 5 axle trucks. Spokesman…

Virginia could allow trucks up to 11K pounds heavier than it does now if these bills pass

Trucks traveling Virginia’s roads could get about 10,000 pounds heavier if legislation gets the OK from the General Assembly. Virginia would be able to take part in a potential federal pilot program that allows for six-axle, 91,000-pound trucks. That’s up from the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds in the commonwealth, though exceptions in many industries like logging have allowed for more. HB1276 and companion bill SB504 have pitted community organizations, the railroad industry and some truckers against companies that…

Washington Post: 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. Opponents argue that the heavier trucks will inflict more damage to roads and bridges whose maintenance in the state and nationwide…

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…