Senate Agrees: Put the brakes on bigger trucks

The U.S. Senate voted in favor of a motion opposing a federal mandate that would force states to allow large trucks to pull double 33-foot trailers.

This effort was spearheaded by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

The motion passed by a vote of 56-31.

“Thirty-eight states say these longer trucks are not safe, and they tell us that they don’t want them on the highways and byways,” Wicker said in an issued news release. “I think we should respect their decision. Today’s vote against this federal government mandate sends a strong signal that we stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who do not want to contend with these longer double trucks on their roads. I am hopeful that those who are writing the omnibus appropriations bill and the final highway bill have taken note of the Senate’s position.”