NTSB Forum on Safety in the Trucking Industry

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The National Transportation Safety Board hosted a national forum where all sorts of trucking professionals — safety experts, trucking industry regulators from state and federal agencies, representatives from trucking companies — came together to discuss the level of safety for American roadways where big rigs and commercial buses, along with other big, heavy commercial vehicles, share the lanes with the rest of us. Of particular note: why recommendations that have been out there for ten or twenty years have never been implemented.

There will be many battles between safety regulators and the trucking industry. One critical fight will be whether or not Congress should give individual states (Indiana, Illinois) the authority to raise weight limits within their state lines for trucks on interstate highways to nearly 100,000 pounds as well as the authority to extend acceptable truck lengths within their jurisdictions. Safety advocates are adamant that either change means more danger on the roads and therefore, more fatal crashes. The bigger and the heavier a vehicle is, the harder it is to stop and maneuver.

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