|RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
By Senator Illuzzi,
J.R.S. 21. Joint resolution requesting Congress to authorize a 90,000‑pound weight limitation for all commodities transported by truck tractors, semi‑trailer combinations, or truck‑trailer combinations having five or more axles and traveling on interstate highways in Vermont.
Whereas, the interstate highways which cross the state of Vermont serve as major thoroughfares for the long‑distance shipment of commodities, and
Whereas, interstate highways are built to the highest safety standards of any roads in the United States, and
Whereas, haulers of water and milk traveling on Vermont’s interstate highways are now authorized to ship a maximum load of 90,000 pounds when transporting those items by truck tractors, semi‑trailer combinations, or truck‑trailer combinations having five or more axles, and
Whereas, these vehicles are equipped with the necessary brake and suspension systems to transport safely weight loads equal to 90,000 pounds, and
Whereas, the 80,000‑pound weight limitation for haulers shipping commodities other than milk or water in these vehicles is inequitable and not justified, and
Whereas, Congress has authorized a 90,000‑pound weight limitation for the transporting of all goods in these vehicles on the interstate highways in the state of New Hampshire, and
Whereas, if haulers were authorized to ship 90,000‑pound loads, regardless of the commodity, in these vehicles on Vermont’s interstate highways, the transporting of goods would be accomplished more efficiently and in fewer vehicles, and
Whereas, operating vehicles on the interstate in Vermont instead of on state roads and city streets promotes greater efficiencies and an improved quality of life, and
Whereas, the Congressional authorization of the 90,000‑pound weight limitation for interstate highways located in the state of New Hampshire demonstrates that the highway safety issues related to this weight increase have already been examined in detail, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly requests Congress to grant statutory authorization permitting a 90,000‑pound weight limitation for all commodities transported in truck tractors, semi‑trailer combinations, or truck‑trailer combinations having five or more axles and traveling on interstate highways in Vermont, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United States Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation.