Action Requested on Truck Sizes and Weights

House to Consider Amendment Which Would Increase Truck Sizes & Weights

November 2, 2015 – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (Highway Trust Fund). We understand that Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) has submitted an amendment to the bill that would increase federal limits on truck weights from 80,000 lbs. to 91,000 lbs. This increase would be a jump of almost 14 percent, further stressing our nation’s already underfunded roads and bridges.

Longer, heavier trucks are not only a major safety hazard for motorists, but they will destroy our country’s infrastructure. In addition, this amendment would divert traffic from the railroads and create a devastating impact on U.S. railcar fleets and the rail supply industry as a whole. At a time when we are looking to increase domestic manufacturing and transportation jobs, this amendment would only serve to set us back.

This is a very serious threat. Please help our Capitol Hill outreach efforts by calling your Member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose the Ribble #29 amendment to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (Highway Trust Fund) that would allow for an increase in truck size and weight regulations. Please pass this message onto your colleagues.

How you can help: Call your Member of Congress (Instructions)

1. Find your Member of Congress by clicking here and call their office directly.

2. Tell the staff member that you are a constituent and work for (name of your company). They will likely ask for your address to confirm you are a constituent.

3. Explain to the staff person that you are calling to express your opposition to Ribble Amendment #29 to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (Highway Trust Fund) which would which increase truck sizes and weights.

4. Inform the staff that you are opposed to these increases for any of the following reasons:

  • Bigger trucks would harm the rail industry and threaten my job security. The company I work for is a vendor to the railroads.
  • Bigger trucks are more prone to accidents and much more dangerous. I do not want my family sharing the road with these hazardous vehicles.
  • We have potholes in our roads and over 4,000 of our bridges are rated as deficient. Adding weight and length to trucks makes our infrastructure problems worse. Where is the money going to come from to fix these problems?
  • Bigger trucks are already subsidized by the taxpayers. Making them even bigger means that all of us, the taxpayers, will have to pay even more dollars of subsidy for the trucking industry. I don’t think that is a good use of my taxes.

5. Thank the staff for their time. Remind them that you want the Member to VOTE NO on Ribble Amendment #29 to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (Highway Trust Fund) that increases truck size and weight.

Thank you for your help and please contact Nicole Brewin, RSI VP of Government Relations at 202-347-4664 or brewin@rsiweb.org with any questions.