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The debate over federal weight limits on trucks

There are many different things that the federal government regulates regarding commercial trucks. What specific levels the different federal commercial truck regulations are set at can have impacts on a wide range of things, including the safety of the country's roads. Thus, it is unsurprising that debates sometimes arise over what the specifics of a given federal truck regulation should be.

Currently, such a debate is occurring regarding the limits the federal government puts on the weight of commercial trucks. The debate specifically is over whether these limits should be raised from their current levels.

Some transportation groups have been trying to get the federal government to increase these limits. One increase they have been arguing for is for the weight limit for commercial trucks to be increased to 97,000 pounds for six axles. Supporters of this proposed change argue that it would not have negative impacts on traffic safety and that it could help reduce diesel emissions and increase productivity.

However, according to a recent survey, much of the public opposes weight and size limit increases and many individuals disagree with arguments that such increases wouldn't be bad for road safety. In the survey, 1,000 individuals were polled about truck weight and size limits. Of all those polled, 76 percent said they were opposed to increases in such limits. Of those who opposed increases, many expressed a belief that such increases would pose safety problems.

One wonders which side in this debate the federal government will ultimately be swayed by.

What do you think of the idea of the federal government increasing the weight limit on commercial trucks? Do you think such an increase would have safety implications? Do you think such an increase could potentially increase the occurrence of truck accidents? How big of an impact do you think truck size has on accident likelihood? What do you think the federal government should do with its truck weight limit?

Source: Go By Truck Global News, "Public Opposes Weight Increase," Feb. 19, 2015

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