State leaders don’t want bigger double-trailer trucks

Mississippi’s transportation commissioners are urging Sen. Thad Cochran to help squash a proposal that would force the state to allow larger double-trailer trucks on its roads.

“I don’t like Congress mandating that states do this,” said Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who signed a letter to Cochran along with the state’s other two elected commissioners. “I’m a whole lot more interested in the safety of Mississippi’s drivers than I am the financial welfare of a national corporation.”

National highway safety advocates also are fighting the measure, along with another passed by the House that would extend a freeze on stricter regulations on when and how long truckers must rest between long hauls.