Congress Likely to Debate National Truck Weight Limits
Wollack, Leslie, Nation's Cities Weekly
The Congressional debate over transportation will likely include a discussion of national truck weight limits. Legislation to maintain the current maximum weight of 80,000 pounds for longer combination vehicles (LCVs) allowed on the 161,000-mile National Highway System has been introduced in the House and Senate for the last several years. Congress set the current limit of 80,000 pounds as the maximum weight at which a truck can operate on Interstate highways in 1991.
Critics of these heavier trucks, including safety advocates, oppose them because they are harder to control and stop. For states and local governments, concerns include the damage to already stressed highways and …
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Publication information: Article title: Congress Likely to Debate National Truck Weight Limits. Contributors: Wollack, Leslie - Author. Magazine title: Nation's Cities Weekly. Volume: 35. Issue: 2 Publication date: January 16, 2012. Page number: 4. © 2009 National League of Cities. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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