Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
 
 
 

On This Day in 1995
An American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroys the Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees.
– DC Labor

April 19, 2021
Member Login
Username:

Password:


Not registered yet?
Click Here to sign-up

Forgot Your Login?

Push For Bigger, Heavier Rigs Opposed by Teamsters, Lawmakers
Updated On: May 09, 2011

   The trucking industry's efforts to get Congress to lift size restrictions to allow heavier trucks on the roads has been met with vigorous opposition from safety advocates, concerned lawmakers and our union.

   The introduction April 15, 2011 of H.R. 1574, The Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (SHIPA) of 2011, and a companion bill introduced in the Senate May 3, 2011, is the latest pushback against transport companies' drive to increase truck weights by as much as 20% to 97,000 pounds from the current 80,000-pound federal weight cap. The proposed legislation would extend the current weight limit and length guidelines on triple-trailers to include the entire 160,000 miles of the National Highway System, which would improve safety and prevent excessive strain on the nation's major highways and bridges.

   The Teamster Union strongly opposes adding another trailer or axle to spread out vehicle weight distribution. At a press conference May 3 to endorse the measure, General President Hoffa joined the bills' sponsors, Representative James McGovern (D-MA) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), safety advocates and families of highway accident victims. "Our highways were not built for bigger trucks, and exit ramps are too short for drivers to operate them safely," Hoffa said. "When I look in that rear-view mirror, I don't want to see a bigger truck bearing down on me."

   Larger trucks are more dangerous to drive. "More than 600,000 of our 1.4 million members start their workday by turning a key in a vehicle," Hoffa said. "That gives Teamsters a real-life perspective on the dangers involved in increasing the size and weight of trucks from their current levels. Heavier and longer trucks mean greater stopping distances and shorter reaction times. And the reality is that our highways and bridges are not equipped to handle the increased size and weight of these trucks."

   The American Trucking Association, which supports competing legislation, claims that the trucking industry has never been safer, and that while operating under the current hours-of-service rule, trucking has been involved in far fewer fatal and injury crashes.

   However, a recent poll by The Truck Safety Coalition (Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, and Parents Against Tired Truckers) found 89% of Americans oppose heavier trucks, and 79% support reducing daily driving hours from 11 to 10 hours.

   "These big trucks shouldn't be on any of these roads," said Jackie Gillan, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which is funded by insurance companies and consumer groups. "This is a classic case of the trucking industry putting productivity ahead of safety."

Sources: U.S. Congress, newsworks, thetrucker.com, IBT, govtrack.com



 CANCELED:
APRIL 2021 
General Membership Meetings
Baltimore and Salisbury







UnionActive Newswire
 
Join the Newswire!
Updated: Apr. 19 (08:54)

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 70 stands with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, "49ers", in their support of the Minnesota National Guard
IUOE Local 70
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUNDAY, APRIL 18
Teamsters Local 179
CHICAGO FEDERATION OF LABOR COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES
Teamsters Local 179
FREE MRI, CT AND PET SCANS THROUGH ABSOLUTE SOLUTIONS FOR MEMBERS WITH INSURANCE UNDER SUBURBAN TEAMSTERS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS WELFARE FUND
Teamsters Local 179
Pension Accrual Rate Increased Again!!!
Teamsters Local 492
OSCAR Museum Parking Info
IATSE Local 33
 
     
A Note to Our Members:
As we pass the one-year mark of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue to do what we can to protect the health of our members and staff while providing you service and support. Until further notice, safety procedures instituted in March 2020 remain in effect. Click here for important notices regarding COVID-19 policies regarding our office and credit union hours of operation. If you need to see your business agent or have questions or concerns, give us a call at 410-566-5700.
 
 
Teamsters Local 355
Copyright © 2021, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™

1011249 hits since
Visit Unions-America.com!

Top of Page image