Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

May 24, 2011

Monster Trucks on Interstate Highways


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MONSTER TRUCKS ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

     Congress is considering allowing heavier and longer trucks on interstates.      Arguments pro and con are being presented by the American Trucking Association and the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (funded primarily by the railroad industry).

     The American Trucking Associations is seeking to permit states

  • to increase maximum truck weights from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds
  • to permit longer trucks
  • to permit up to three trailers hitched together on trucks  

   Opponents contend that these vehicles will

  • endanger motorists
  • increase damage to roads and bridges
  • increase costs to taxpayers for additional highway repairs   

 Supporters contend that bigger trucks will

  • reduce the total number of trucks on the roads
  • shift heavy trucks to interstate highways from state and local highways
  • heavier trucks will not increase highway damage—heavier loads would be dispersed over more wheels
  • Reduction of the number of miles trucks drive due to combined loads would mean fewer accidents, fewer emissions, and lower costs for freight.*

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     I can barely believe that it would be safer to increase the size of trucks on the road. Trucks on all roads routinely ignore speed limits, racing towards their destination at breakneck speeds. I’ve had heavy trucks pass me on hilly, curvy roads because the speed limit is too low for them to obey. I’ve had big rig drivers play games with me on the road.

     Being sandwiched in between big rigs—having one behind me, one in front of me and one alongside me—is not a pleasant driving experience.

     As for me, I consider that trucks are sufficiently huge under current regulations. I am not in favor of increasing the size of big rigs on the road.

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SOURCE

*Congress considers ‘monster’ truck issue, Greensburg Tribune-Review, May 18, 2011, B7

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