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Truck Size and Weight

WHEREAS, the trucking industry is lobbying Congress to increase truck size and weight, and;

WHEREAS, our highways and bridges are in such disrepair that these increases will only serve to further deteriorate our infrastructure, and;

WHEREAS, adding a sixth axle to a 97,000-pound single trailer truck may mitigate highway pavement damage, it will not help to reduce the actual weight of that vehicle on a bridge and will increase bridge damage, and;

WHEREAS, nearly half of the bridges in the U.S. are more than 40 years old, and one in four bridges in the United States is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and;

WHEREAS, our current highway systems are not designed for heavier and longer trucks, which require greater stopping distances, longer merge lanes to get up to speed with the flow of traffic, and need exit ramps that can accommodate longer and heavier trucks with a higher center of gravity, and;

WHEREAS, increased highway congestion puts additional pressure on drivers to make quick decisions about stopping distances and other evasive actions to avoid accidents, and;

WHEREAS, every time truck weights have been increased, truck traffic has actually increased and heavier trucks actually use more diesel fuel, now;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Teamsters Union will call upon Congress to reexamine policies that cause damage to our already crumbling infrastructure and jeopardize highway safety, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Teamsters Union will oppose any increases in truck size and weight, and support H.R. 1574, the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Protection Act, that freezes the current truck size and weight limits on the National Highway System.

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