DATE: May 25, 2011
TO: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SUBJECT: Opposition to Federal and State Legislation that Would Increase Truck Size and Weight Limits on the Interstate System
Motorist safety and the quality of our roads are issues that concern all residents of San Diego County. Special interests are proposing federal legislation to increase truck size and weight limits on the interstate highway system that would jeopardize motorist safety and damage road quality at taxpayer expense.
Today’s action opposes any federal or state legislation that would allow larger trucks on our roadways.
Not only does existing road infrastructure not support larger trucks, but this proposal would jeopardize public safety and strip taxpayers of vital resources.
Allowing for bigger and heavier trucks on our state and local infrastructure would accelerate the deterioration of our existing transportation system. Currently, state and local governments are finding it difficult to adequately fund road maintenance and financial indicators are showing that it may get even worse.
We cannot accept the greater risks to motorist safety, and we cannot afford the increased road maintenance costs that larger trucks would create. This position is supported by a diverse coalition including the American Automobile Association (AAA), The National Association of Counties (NACo), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and the California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA) among many other national and local agencies.
SUPERVISORS GREG COX AND DIANNE JACOB:
- Direct the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to write a letter communicating the Board of Supervisors opposition to legislation that seeks to increase truck size or weight limits to a level that puts highways, roads, and bridges at risk of increased damage or deterioration or threatens the capacity of our road systems and forward the letter to San Diego County’s legislative representatives in Washington, D.C.
- Direct the CAO to include this policy direction in the County’s Legislative Program.
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.
Motorist safety and road quality are issues that concern all residents of San Diego County. Our federal, state and local transportation networks are vitally important to the movement of people and goods, and serve as the backbone of our economic and social livelihoods. The public expects a system of roadways that are safe and drivable, and which maximize public resources.
Special interests are proposing federal legislation to increase truck size and weight limits on the interstate highway system that would jeopardize the public’s interest. The Safe Efficient Transportation Act (SETA) would allow 97,000-pound trucks on all interstate highways, putting motorists at risk and further damaging our roadways beyond reasonable wear and tear.
With today’s action, the Board adopts a position in opposition to SETA or any legislation that seeks to increase truck siz or weight limiets, and directs the Chief Administrative Officer to include opposition to any state or federal legislative efforts that would increase truck size and weight limits on roadways in the County’s Legislative Program.
Not only does existing road infrastructure not support larger trucks, but oversize vehicles that are difficult to operate threaten motorist safety. Longer Combination Trucks are heavier, more intimidating to the average driver, require additional breaking distance and are much more difficult to control considering they are multi-axle vehicles.
We cannot accept the greater risks to motorist safety, and we cannot afford the increased maintenance costs that larger trucks would create. This position is supported by a diverse coalition including the American Automobile Association (AAA), The National Association of Counties (NACo), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the California State Sheriff’s Association and San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, among many other national and local agencies.
We urge your support.
Supervisor, First District
Supervisor, Second District
Organizations Opposing Truck Size & Weight Increases
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore
International Association of Chiefs of Police
National Association of Counties
National Sheriffs’ Association
National Association of Police Organizations
National Troopers Coalition
California State Association of Counties
California State Sheriffs’ Association
Western States Sheriffs’ Association
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
Consumer Federation of America
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Truck Safety Coalition
Transportation for America
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Railway Supply Institute
Association of American Railroads