Agricultural Groups Seek Truck Weight Increase Pilot Program

A group of primarily agricultural transportation stakeholders is urging Congress to support a pilot program that would allow up to 10 states to opt-in to allow 91,000 pound, six-axle bridge formula-compliant trucks on federal Interstate Highways.

Under current law, the maximum gross vehicle weight permissible on the Interstate Highway System is 80,000 pounds on 5 axles. Thirty-one states currently permit trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds on Federal Interstate Highways under special permits or other exemptions. Further, 18 states currently allow trucks weighting more than 80,000 pounds on non-Interstate highways as a matter of right.

Noting that a recent U.S. Department of Transportation study indicated that more information was needed regarding the costs and benefits associated with increasing truck weight allowances, agriculture interests are framing their proposed pilot program as a method to allow policymakers to collect additional safety data and thus more information to develop a uniform national policy.

The coalition's letter was sent to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, indicating that the group is seeking to include the pilot program in the next major appropriations package that Congress will consider in September.

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David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov directs NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More
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