Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA)
For the past 20 years the U.S. national highway system has frozen truck weight limits at 80,000 pounds, even though technological improvements and stronger roads and bridges have made it safe for trucks to carry more weight. Because of the forest products industry’s shortage of transportation capacity when moving raw materials to mills and finished products to customers, transportation has become increasingly more expensive. In fact, to alleviate the strain, 43 states already allow truck weights above 80,000 lbs., under certain conditions.
Increasing weight limits for trucks on interstate highways—and adding a sixth axle—is an effective and safe way to increase truck productivity and freight capacity, reduce congestion, decrease emissions, reduce use of and dependence on fossil fuels, improve highway safety due to fewer vehicle miles traveled, reduce road “wear and tear,” and improve global competitiveness.
In conjunction with other associations and companies, PPC supports the recently filed Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA), which gives state DOTs the discretion to optimize their roadway system by safely raising interstate truck weight limits on federal interstate highways from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds, with an additional axle.
What Can I Do?
Call your local representatives and ask them to support the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (H.R. 612). Explain to them that our national highway system will not be able to accommodate the coming surge in increased freight, so you would like changes made to our national trucking policy, allowing trucks to carry more freight safely and efficiently.