With increased fuel costs as well as other inputs such as tires, oil, and etc. trucking companies need more advantages to compete with other modes of transportation such as railroads.
Nixa, Mo (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
BulkLoadsNow most recent forums and discussions among carrier members reveal mixed views for increased truck weights on larger payloads. Those for it think it will improve efficiency, make it more competitive against railroads and ultimately lead to more freight volume and increase freight rates. Those against it feel it will wear down equipment and highways quicker, and rates will eventually dilute current level, leaving ultimately increased costs to the carrier. Some also believe hauling larger loads will lead to less loads to haul, ultimately eliminating freight volumes.
Most railroads oppose increased weights: http://www.progressiverailroading.com/federal_legislation_regulation/article/Truck-size-and-weight-will-continue-to-be-an-issue-for-railroads--32864
“Ultimately you want more efficiencies for trucking companies,” stated Jared Flinn, Operating Partner at BulkLoadsNow.com. “We can see how increased truck weights on larger payloads could lead to more opportunities for trucking companies, but also understand the increased costs for those companies. With increased fuel costs as well as other inputs such as tires, oil, and etc. trucking companies need more advantages to compete with other modes of transportation such as railroads.”
BulkLoadsNow.com provides a forum for both carriers and shippers to discuss current issues facing the bulk freight industry and engage the community in valuable discussions. “Our ultimate goal is to create efficiencies in this business and provide the best solutions to help carriers and shippers hauling North America’s ag products,” Matt Fredin, Operating Partner said. “To accomplish that we don’t just provide technology, but we stay involved with our customers, understanding their business and being concerned about the decisions they have to make daily to keep moving.”
Current proposed bills allow states to raise truck weight limits from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds.
Membership to BulkLoadsNow.com is free. To join the conversation about increased weight regulations visit the forum discussion here: http://www.bulkloadsnow.com/Forum/forum_details.cfm?forum_id=6437
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