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U.S. Senate Vote Imminent on Deadly and Destructive Overweight Truck Exemption - Federal Agency's Dire Warning Ignored on Allowing 100,000 Pound Trucks on Maine's Roads and Bridges
Date:9/11/2009

Special interest provision quietly inserted in federal transportation budget bill without public input or congressional hearings

Public health and safety groups warn of increased deaths and injuries, medical costs, road and bridge damage, and domino effect throughout Northeast USA if big rig provision passes.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer, health, safety, environment and truck driver organizations were joined by the families of truck crash victims today to issue a warning to the motoring public about a trucking industry-backed provision in legislation coming to the U.S. Senate floor this week that would allow tractor-trailers to exceed the 80,000 pound federal truck size and weight limit on Maine's interstate highways.

The Governor and trucking industry in Vermont have been seeking the same exemptions in their state, and are watching the congressional vote closely with hopes that it will open the door for federal truck weight exemptions to allow overweight trucks up to 100,000 pound trucks to operate in their state and throughout the northeast. Concerns are that national and state trucking interests in other Northeast and mid-Atlantic states will use this congressional action as a springboard for seeking a congressional repeal of the federal truck weight exemption in other states and nationwide.

"This special interest provision was quietly inserted into this federal legislation without any public input and without any public hearings," said Joan Claybrook, chair of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH). "This is straight out of the trucking industry's playbook as they work in the shadows of the Capitol to pick off one state and then another as part of their nationwide strategy to bypass public scrutiny and overrun today's rules of the road."

In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate today, the health and safet
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