This owner-operator describes what it takes to drive a double trailer rig:
He calls them wiggle-wagons and makes this recommendation to drivers: “There is more to know when operating this type of unit, but these are the main points. Fed Ex is pressing the government to allow twin 33′ trailers. They are making a good case for the allowance stating that it will increase productivity and decrease fuel consumption. With that in mind, I recommend that you get your doubles endorsement in order to make yourself more versatile and attractive to prospective employers. – See more at: http://www.365trucking.com/blog/2015/5/16/so-you-want-to-pull-wiggle-waggons-a-joey-slaughter#sthash.vWr9Zb5W.dpuf”
It seems to me that it requires additional training and experience to drive these things. And I still need convincing (I am told that DOT might be studying this) that the sought-after increase in productivity & decrease in fuel consumption will not be paid for with the price of an increase in crash deaths.
Yesterday, the Senate voted 56 – 31 in favor of the Wicker Amendment: “Specifically, that amendment would require U.S. Department of Transportation to complete a comprehensive safety study before longer trucks are permitted on highways. It would also require the agency to conduct a formal rulemaking process with public notice and comment period. ” http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2015/11/10/Senatevotes56-31toopposetwin33s.aspx
We all share the road with trucks. Let’s make sure that our travels are as SAFE AS POSSIBLE.
Today, Senator Wicker (R-MS) stood up for safety and states’ rights and described why he was asking his colleagues to join him in a bipartisan vote to block a federal mandate for all 50 states to allow Twin 33s on their roads. His Motion calls for DOT to study the impact of these longer double trailers.
The Wicker Motion passed today 56 – 31. See the votes here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/s304?utm_campaign=govtrack_feed&utm_source=govtrack/feed&utm_medium=rss
Some thoughts on longer trucks from law enforcement and a trucking association:
“‘Safety on our Nation’s roadways is a top priority and efforts to allow new longer, more dangerous trucks should be rejected. We applaud Senator Schumer for opposing the provision to allow twin 33-foot trailers, which threatens our members and the motoring public. We will continue working with him to prevent this alarming proposal from becoming law,’ said Sergeant Andrew Matthews, Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, which represents over 40,000 State Troopers in 38 states, including New York.
“’The Trucking Alliance opposes efforts to force states to allow double 33’ trailers on U.S. highways. These longer trucks would have negative impact on highway safety, accelerate wear and tear on the nation’s highway system, and make it very difficult for small and medium sized trucking companies, which are the heart of our industry, to compete,’ said Lane Kidd, Managing Director of the Trucking Alliance, a group that represents some of the Country’s leading trucking companies.”