Posted February 25, 2016 by Administrator
State and federal laws control the weight of the cargo commercial trucks carry over roads and bridges. These limits often have loopholes some freight can slip through. For agribusiness, however, the weight limits are stricter and increase the cost of transporting crops across the state and across the country.
Protecting Roads and Bridges
The main reason for weight limits is to reduce the wear and tear on roadways and bridges. The federal government has laws in place to control the gross weight of commercial trucks and the cargo they carry. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) ensures that states comply with the federal guidelines.
Some States Changing the Laws
Some states are looking at changing state weight limit laws. In the state of Georgia, trucks can haul up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. There are ways to circumvent this law, however, and some trucks can haul as much as 100,000 pounds.
Agribusinesses in Georgia struggle with the weight limit law because this exemption doesn’t extend to agriculture products. The new bill that is under review in the House Transportation Committee would increase weight limits to between 84,000 and 88,000 pounds.
Supporters of the bill say that the funding that states will receive from the passage of the SAFE Act would help Georgia repair existing roads and bridges so that they could withstand the weight from the extra cargo. The bill also allows some leeway for agriculture products that are being transported from the field. It is difficult to weigh products accurately in the field, so some trucks may be over the weight limit and not realize it. The new bill would give agribusinesses some breathing room so that they aren’t fined when transporting crops for processing.
With the passage of the SAFE Act, more states may increase weight limits due to the fact that the infrastructure will receive long overdue maintenance. If that is the case, agribusinesses across the country may be able to reduce agriculture costs.
Posted August 25, 2015 by Administrator
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