Crapo: Increase Weight Limits for Trucks


Since 2000, more than 250 separate loads that exceed Idaho's legal limit of size or weight, have been given permits to travel across the Gem State. And that's just on U.S. Highway 12.

That statistic surfaced in late June when BW reported on the proposal to ship more than 200 giant loads of oil equipment from Lewiston across Highway 12, into Montana and up to Alberta, Canada.

Now, Rep. U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo wants to allow states to increase the weight limit of trucks on interstates. Crapo joined Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, and Democrat Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, in asking for allowable truck weights be lifted from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds. It's being dubbed the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2010.

"The trucking industry will haul 30 percent more tonnage in 2021 than it does today," said John Runyan, executive director of the Coalition for Transportation Productivity. "If curent weight restrictions remain the same, that means our economy will require 18 percent more trucks on the road driving 27 percent more miles than they do now."

A similar measure is making its way through the U.S. House, with 54 co-sponsors, including Republican Rep. Mike Simpson and Democrat Rep. Walt Minnick.