In a July 17th meeting of the U.S. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, an Amendment which would allow twin 33-foot trailers to operate on the nation’s highways was voted on and pulled. The Amendment, which has been put before the Senate over the past two years in various incarnations, lacked the necessary support to be enacted. As written, it would have removed the Title 49, United States Code Section 31111(b)(1)(A) verbiage “or of less than 28 feet on a semitrailer or trailer operating in a truck-tractor-semitrailer-trailer combination,” replacing it with “or, notwithstanding section 31112, of less than 33 feet on a semitrailer or trailer operating in a truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer combination.”
Supporters of the Amendment have held that its adoption would improve sustainability, efficiency and safety. It has also been stated that such a change would not hurt competition, and that it was a necessary step to meet modern consumer and business demands. Proponents have further claimed that the amendment remains widely supported by many police groups, due to a projected positive impact on infrastructure, decongestion of traffic, and less opportunities for drug trafficking. As it stands, the Amendment will not be passed without additional Congressional support.