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Senate Bill Would Allow New York to Increase Truck Weight Limits

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would allow states to increase weight limits on tractor-trailers plying interstate highways. The bill S3705, also called the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, would allow states to increase the gross vehicle weight limit on 18 wheelers on the Interstate Highway System, to 97,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pounds. The bill would also require that trucks carrying more than 80,000 pounds be equipped with an additional sixth axle in order to compensate for the additional weight and to prevent an increase in stopping distance.

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