In a recent news story, Trucks.com writer Clarissa Hawes highlights a new interim report issued by the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, which examines an industry request to allow trucks to surpass the current federal 80,000-pound weight limit.
“Last year, a coalition of more than 80 agricultural groups and shippers proposed a 15-year pilot program to increase the vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds on federal interstate highways. Haulers of food and agricultural commodities see heavier loads as a cost savings measure,” Hawes says. “But some truckers and state highway departments worry that the increased weight would be a safety risk and increase wear on an already stressed road system.”
“The Department of Transportation asked the panel, which includes the Transportation Research Board, to review the issue last September. The committee includes academics, policy analysts, social scientists and engineers.”