LLT Carriers Groups Is Disappointed over Twin 33 Rejection
The House of Republicans not only rejected the twin 33-foot trailers, but they also nullified a provision that authorized longer rigs to be operable from 2016. This indirect authorization would have allowed the fleet companies to practice the omnibus appropriations measure. However, there is still a sliver of hope left for the fleet enterprises as the senate is still thinking about approving the measure.
This provision, rejected by the house, would have allowed the states to legalize the operations of twin 33 foot trailers as well as the 28 foot trailers, which have been driving on the highways, since the federal approval 30 years ago. Although railroads and safety organizations and advocates lobbied against this provision, there was still a chance it would get the necessary approval from the Congress. But several members understood the dangers of extra long trailers that would prove to be hazardous for the safety of the pedestrians, as well as other vehicles on the highways.
The rejection of this provision, on safety grounds, has been met with vehement opposition. In contrast to that, some segments in the trucking sector, like the Truckload Carriers Association, supported the rejection on the grounds of safety. Moreover, they didn’t support the pressure to acquire shipping equipment that wouldn’t have resulted in a sizable profit. CERT or Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking was a staunch supporter of the provision, and along with its sub-division LLT Carriers, they wanted to include the new fleet of 33 foot trailers into their fleet arsenal. They even had the financial backing and investors, who were ready to dive into the new opportunities, presented by the super long trucks.
The group, however, was quite dejected after the rejection of the proposal. Ed Patru, spokesman for the CERT Enterprise said in a statement, “The nation’s population has grown by 100 million since the last time Congress allowed efficiencies to less than truckload (LTL) freight trucking. In that time, two generations of Americans have come to rely on Internet shopping in a way that could not have been imagined 30 years ago. Over the next decade, LTL shipments that rely on twin 28-foot double trailers will increase by 40 percent – from 145 million tons per year to 204 million tons – as more consumers turn to parcel carriers for efficient package delivery services.”
According to Patru, the rejection by the Senate was a disappointing and an unfortunate turn in the series of events. He blamed the rejection over political scare tactics that have caused a sound policy to be nullified. He also said that the Congress had missed the opportunity to increase the volume productivity that would have been possible, by utilizing the extension offered by the 33 foot trailers. It would have allowed the freight companies to ensure better productivity, safety measures and several economic and environmental benefits.
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