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Senators offer bill to ease truckers’ fuel burden

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s two U.S. senators said Tuesday they have introduced legislation that would raise truck weight limits on federal highways as a way to help truckers cope with the high cost of diesel fuel.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe proposed a two-year pilot program to allow rigs carrying up to 100,000 pounds to travel on the federal interstate system whenever diesel prices reach $3.50 a gallon.

The price of diesel fuel averaged $4.85 in Maine on Tuesday, according to the AAA. More from The Trucker

Thoughts and comments? Senator Collins further stated: “the higher weight limit would allow for more cargo in each truck and eliminate the need for drivers to move onto local roads that require more fuel and extended periods of idling.”

Somehow I don’t think an extra 20,000 pounds of cargo on a truck is going to help with fuel.


May 29, 2008 - Posted by | economy, trucking | , ,

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