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Trucking Industry Split on Push Toward Heavier Trucks

Jun 30, 2017 at 08:19 AM CST

A renewed push to add heavier trucks to U.S. highways has divided the trucking industry.

The battle pits shippers – especially haulers of food and agricultural commodities – who see heavier loads as a pathway to greater profits against the industry’s biggest independent truckers trade group, which believes trucks carrying heftier cargo will put too much wear and tear on an already stressed highway infrastructure.