One Solution to Reduce Congestion on our Highways and Increase Safety

The Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) Coalition sent a letter to Highways & Transit Chairman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Ranking Member Rodney Davis ahead of the Wednesday, June 12 hearing, “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America”.

The letter outlines AMT’s proposal to allow Twin 33’ trailers to operate on the Interstate System and National Network highways, improving the safety of our roadways and increasing the efficiency of our freight transportation network. The letter also details AMT’s proposal to require the use of advanced safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) and speed limiters, when operating twin 33’ trailers.

Excerpt from the letter:

“As you examine the pressure the trucking industry faces, we hope you will consider the benefits identified by The Americans for Modern Transportation Coalition. Our solution will reduce congestion with no cost to the taxpayer, increase safety, maximize efficiency and increase environmental gains by updating an outdated rule to allow a modest five-foot increase to twin 28’ trailers. Increasing the national twin trailer standard from 28 feet to 33 feet will bring immediate and meaningful improvements to our nation to reduce some of the pressures the industry currently faces”