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Big shippers make pitch to allow heavier trucks

Tennessean -- Big shippers want to use much heavier trucks on U.S. highways to speed goods to market, but critics say supersize trucks tilting the scales at nearly 50 tons each would further scar an already crumbling national network of roads and bridges.

“We want a common-sense approach to get some productivity gains,” argues Tommy Hodges, owner of Titan Transfer, which runs a fleet of 350 long-haul trucks from Shelbyville, Tenn. “This is a way we can be a good steward to get goods to people at as low a cost as possible.”

A proposal now playing out in Congress would raise the maximum weight of tractor-trailer rigs to 97,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pounds. To make it more palatable to state and federal highway officials, it also would add a sixth axle to big trucks to spread the extra weight an


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SUPPER
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:06:29 PM

WOW
packards42
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:31:17 AM

44 ton is enough, I seen what oversize truck do to public road in The Middle East. Damage and the public pays. Maybe if these truck are required to pay double on the their licensing fees they think twice about extra loads. and axles.
jerej829
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:27:58 AM

Ok
PetroPedro
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 8:46:55 AM

For all you people who say "Make them pay for the road repairs" Do you seriously believe trucking companies aare going to 'eat' the damage their trucks cause to the roads? They will do as all companies do when the cost of services go up....pass it on. Which eventually falls into the laps of consumer prices going up. Just like gasoline (or diesel) when the price of gas goes up the price of 'milk & bread' goes up. Funny thing, too, prices always go up but rarely return to original prices.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 6:33:27 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:09:21 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:08:08 AM

Big shippers make pitch to allow heavier trucks and the more the roads and bridges will get beat up from the additional weight. The heavier weight trucks, the more taxes for road and bridge repair they will have to pay.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:02:16 AM

Big truck little Volt what a jolt.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:27:38 PM

(1) did n't they just have a 30-40 car and semi truck pile up on the freeway in the news becasue no one could see.this is one reason no bigger truck should be allowed on the roads. (2)isn't that what trains are for and why the gov'ment wanted to build a high speed rail system in the states. : ) (3) bigger trucks cause bigger traffic jambs and accidents(4)bigger vehicles use more diesel.(5)in order to be able to use these giant trucks all intersections would have to be widened and given a more gradual turning curve.(6) do you really want bigger trucks on the roads trashing the roadways making giant chuckholes in the road,casuing more wear and tear on your vehicle.(7)do you really wan t bigger loads spilled on the roads when one of these trucks jack-knifes or rolls over with a inexperienced driver takes a turn to fast.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:16:47 PM

Heavier trucks + smaller cars = more fatalities

Heavier trucks = more road maintenance = more taxes

Heavier trucks = more profits to shippers
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:15:50 PM

Roads are in bad enough shape and lord knows the GOP want go for any infrastructure "jobs" bill....
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:15:07 PM


Be careful. Oregon is paying lots of dollars for bridge repairs for allowing tripple trailers and thus the heavier loads. Rather see the heavy stuff go by rail.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:14:40 PM

all about the mighty dollar >>
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:14:01 PM

Can't they see the big picture?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:13:42 PM

Terrible idea!!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:12:52 PM

Just what the interstate highway system needs a way to make more pot holes. Thanks but no thanks.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:12:37 PM

It's definitely needed
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:12:28 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:12:08 PM

Not on the road use the railway.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:10:58 PM

which is better... a few super heavy trucks or many heavy trucks?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:10:30 PM

so are they ADMITTING that Bummer's Stimulus plan of spending BILLIONS on infrastructure since 2009 DID NOT WORK ??
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:10:28 PM

Fascinating.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:09:09 PM

train it.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:08:31 PM

Who would pay for the damage to the roads by these heavier loads?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:08:04 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:07:41 PM

Just say Train, not Truck. This is a bad idea.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:06:57 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:05:09 PM

Logistical nightmare in the making.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:05:05 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:03:46 PM

put them on trains
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:02:59 PM

The extra set of wheels will make a difference.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:01:35 PM

I hope they check out all the pros and cons.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:00:24 PM

why the posts that say 'ok?'
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:59:50 PM

Good post GoGoGoodear...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:55:29 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:52:36 PM

I agree with GoGoGoodyear.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:50:49 PM

They want heavier trucks and the EPA is forcing auto makers to make lighter cars to meat CAFE standards. Sounds like more fatalities to me.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:50:10 PM

I agree with the posters who advocate for rail. Use of fuel is exponentially less. No impact on the public infrastructure. Proper management and de-unionization of railroads could make it real. Dagny Taggert provides the role model.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:47:55 PM

I agree with DEG...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:47:34 PM

We don!t need anymore weight on the highway.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:46:37 PM

If they pay more for road repair it sounds good and more axles.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:45:05 PM

Use trains.
GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:44:12 PM


Increasing the weight limit will only benefit the freight trucking companies. What they save by hauling larger loads they won't pass along to the consumer. What they will pay in higher taxes and fees thew WILL pass along to the consumer.

Congress already dips into the transportation fund so there is not enough money to make needed road repairs. If the freight companies pay higher taxes and fees do you think it will be used for the intended purpose of road repairs or will Congress just take it for other uses??

One last thing, the truckers are not greedy. They barely make a living. I worked in a freight company office and saw examples of that every day. However the freight companies that they work for is another matter entirely.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:42:59 PM

If larger trucks are allowed there should be a larger fee associated with being allowed to drive these trucks (enough to cover the difference in damage).
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:35:42 PM

$3.79/GAL HERE IN EAST PEORIA IL.....GIVE ME A BREAK!!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:35:11 PM

no thanks I pay for enough road repairs already
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:34:40 PM

I see more 18 wheelers on I35 to and from Laredo on my rural stretch of highway than cars some days. I hadn't thought about how many tons are rolling along side me. Yikes!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:34:09 PM

Doesn't sound like a good idea!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:33:58 PM

Than should pay a higher tax.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:31:41 PM

Get the roads in order...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:30:36 PM

Fix the poorly maintained roads first.
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