The Hill: Senate puts the brakes on longer trucks

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2015)—The Senate voted on Wednesday to drop a proposal to increase the length of twin-trailer trucks that are allowed on U.S. roads from an appropriations bill.

Trucking groups were pushing Congress to increase a current limit on the length of double-trailer rigs, from 28 feet to 33 feet.

The Senate voted Wednesday to remove the proposal to increase the length of trucks to what are known as “twin 33s” from a funding bill for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development that is known as THUD, however.

Supporters of eliminating the twin 33 provision said it would have overridden 38 states that have made longer trucks illegal on their roads.

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