Competitive Truck Weight Reform

Many U.S. states and other countries allow heavier weight trucks, like those transporting export containers, to operate in special zones and on certain highways. These trucks, which are currently prohibited in Texas, are equipped with an additional axle to avoid road damage and to enhance safety by distributing the weight of the payload. To remain economically competitive, Texas should allow for flexibility to accommodate this type of truck shipments. If our communities are to benefit from the planned expansion of the Panama Canal and other port expansions, the need for this transportation solution is more urgent than ever. For Texas to remain the top exporting state in the U.S., present and future Texas industries need to be able to move goods rapidly to global markets. Without competitive transportation policies, we risk losing business to other states with U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports and other countries where transportation of commerce is encouraged.