97,000 Lbs: The New Weight Limit? Congress May Up Semi Truck Max Weight


Right now, there is a bill floating through Congress that will allow big rigs on the nation’s roadways to weigh 97,000 pounds, fully loaded. That’s almost 100,000 pounds driving next to your car, your family’s minivan, your mother’s sedan. Think about that.

It’s not news to anyone that commercial truck accidents involving other vehicles – cars, vans, SUVs, motorcycles – usually mean that people die in them. There are many contributing factors, but just the big difference in WEIGHT is a major reason for big rig crashes being so deadly.

This may mean that trucking companies can save money by throwing more cargo onto existing trucks (and not buy new ones), but this isn’t good news for those of us who are driving the roadways next to these monsters. Not good news at all.

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