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Heavier Truck Loads Likely To Hit Idaho Interstates

Heavier Truck Loads Likely To Hit Idaho Interstates

Heavier semi-trucks will soon be honking their big horns and rolling their wheels on the interstate roads of Idaho. The good news is soon to become official, as it is only short of a single House vote before the Governor signs the bill to welcome 129,000 lb trucks in Idaho.

All those loaders who had to lessen the load at Montana in ordered to get past the interstate route are now at ease and desperately waiting for the final call to action. The weight load has been increased from 105,000 lbs to 129,000 lbs. According to Paul Kearsly of the Idaho Trucking Association:

“When we come into the state of Idaho, we have to break down loads that are already loaded and break them down into several loads in order to get them moving.”

Dave Carlson, the spokesperson of AAA, however is in favor of the decision. He said, “Big trucks and small cars don’t get along very well.” He further added, “We should get away from the notion of what’s best for Idaho in terms of shipping and trucking costs and profitability for that industry, and what’s best for the state.”

But this issue had been up for more than a few decades now. Only this time, Idaho Transportation Department has a valid reason to manipulate. The department launched a ten-year study in North Idaho to back their decision. The research proved to be a milestone in demonstrating that the new standards on heavy trucks actually makes them safer, which should be enough evidence to let the state pass the bill.

Spokesperson Vince Trimboli said, “Because it has so many axles, each axle has more breaking power. So it is heavier, but with more breaking power it has greater control and better ability to stop than say a 105-thousand pound load, which only has seven axles.”

Still Carlson believes this decision may harness further damage to the roads than that is already done by trucks. He also arguments that the trucks pay less than what they should, in order to keep the roads maintained. He rejects that idea suggesting that the commuter traffic was already paying for more than their fair share; opening up an interstate route for the semi-truck loads will give rise to new obstacles.

“Passenger cars overpay their share 127% relative to the cost they should be paying,” he said.

At this point, it is impossible to say what decision will be made; however, chances are the decision will be in favor of the trucking industry. Only time will tell of the consequences of the decision made. – See more at:

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