• AAA joins opposition to increased truck weights in GOP highway bill (HR7)

    by  • February 28, 2012 • Legislation and Policy • 0 Comments

    By Keith Laing

    The Hill

    The $260 billion transportation bill released [at the end of January] by House Republicans to spur highway construction in the United States would make roads in the country less safe, AAA argued a day after the GOP announced the legislation.

    The proposal from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) to spend $260 billion over five years on road and transit projects includes a provision that would increase the weight of trucks allowed on highways from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds***.

    AAA said the increased shipping capacity is not worth the risk of accidents involving bigger trucks.

    “With a nine percent increase in truck related fatalities in 2010, traffic safety is a significant concern,” Jill Ingrassia, AAA’s managing director of government relations and traffic safety advocacy, said in a news release. “Additional research is required to demonstrate exactly how bigger and heavier trucks would impact traffic safety. Absent this research, we cannot take the chance — there is simply too much at stake.”

    Read rest of the article from The Hill here.

    *** The average U.S. car weighs about 4,000 pounds.  An average bicycle weighs 30 pounds.

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