In a press release issued today, the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) urged members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support legislation that would put a freeze on truck size and weight limits. The letter includes data from a national poll, which shows that as a nation, we are overwhelmingly in support of weight and size limitations for trucks and against being held responsible as taxpayers for damage to the nation's infrastructure caused by heavier trucks.
In total, 68 percent of those polled said they were opposed to heavier trucks on the road, with 47 percent declaring themselves strongly opposed. Additionally, 88 percent of Americans are opposed to a tax increase to pay for damage to our infrastructure caused by heavier trucks, with 75 percent strongly opposed to the tax hike.
The TSC is urging members of Congress to support the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (SHIPA). Sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative James McGovern (D-MA), the bill is designed to put a freeze on current federal weight and size restrictions. In addition, the bill closes loopholes in the system that allow truck companies to operate heavier trucks. Finally, the bill would also create an enforcement program designed to ensure truck company accountability.
For more information on the legislation and the Truck Safety Coalition, visit www.trucksafety.org.