On July 13, the Truckload Carriers Association sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee opposing a potential amendment to the 2017 Appropriations Bill mandating Twin 33-foot trailers.
“This proposed mandate, which overrides the rights of states, will allow the supply chain to force truckload carriers to switch from single 53-foot trailers to double 33-foot trailers, due to their increased cubic capacity. There are more effective ways to meaningfully improve industry productivity,” states the letter written by TCA President John Lyboldt.
This is not the first time TCA has written Congress to express their opposition to Twin-33-foot trailers. In February of this year, they sent a letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. That resulted in all proposed language in highway funding and appropriations bills supporting federal approval of twin 33-foot trailers on federal highways being defeated.
TCA encourages all member companies to call their representatives and express their concerns with, and opposition to, Twin 33s. To find the phone number for your representative, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.