The 115th Congress has a unique opportunity to update our current infrastructure system. As part of this effort, Congress should enact policies that improve vehicle safety, reduce congestion, and lower fuel consumption. For that reason, we urge you to include language allowing twin 33-foot trailers to operate on the national highway network – where twin-28 foot trailers currently operate – in the FY 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations package.
Yesterday, in a column in DC Velocity, longtime trucking industry veteran and supply chain expert, Clifford Lynch, predicted the proposal to allow widespread adoption of Twin 33 foot trailers on the nation’s highways “will be one of the few things approved during this session of Congress.”
Just The Facts: Twin 33s Are Shorter Than Other Truck Configurations And Do Not Come With Increases In Weight Limits
Policymakers know better than anyone that wording matters. When it comes to transportation, understanding the difference between “heavier,” “longer” and “bigger” trucks is critical to implementing policy upgrades that make sense. Unfortunately, terminology deployed by critics is clouding discussion of Twin 33s.
The Revamping American Infrastructure Act, introduced by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC-11), is a straightforward piece of legislation that requires the Department of Transportation to complete a comprehensive review of current regulations and identify existing prescriptive regulations that can be replaced by outcome-based performance standards. Further, the bill requires that, in the future, department rulemakings will develop standards around performance outcomes rather than prescriptive rules.