In a move that was applauded by the Teamsters and safety groups, and criticized by American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves, the Senate rejected a proposal intended to allow longer trailers on U.S. roads.
Opponents of the proposal cited driver safety and public opinion as their reason for the vote. “A recent independent poll revealed that 77 percent of Americans oppose twin 33-foot trailer trucks on the nation’s highways and byways,” said Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi). “The Senate stands with this overwhelming majority and with the 38 states who have said ‘no’ to these longer double trailers.”
Wicker, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), included in the amendment a requirement for the Department of Transportation to undertake a comprehensive study on the safety of longer trucks on highways.