US size, weight limits impede truck productivity, study finds

August 2009
Trailer / Body Builders;Aug2009, Vol. 50 Issue 10, p11
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The article focuses on a study with the preliminary findings suggesting that size and weight restriction standards in the U.S. limit the productivity and sustainability of trucks. The study states that trucks from countries that have less restrictive standards are more fuel-efficient and emit less greenhouse gasses. To address the issue the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is proposing a program to allow six-axle vehicles to carry 97,000 pounds in states that will allow them.


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