The North Georgia area, including metro Atlanta, has no shortage of highways running through its landscape. And whenever there are highways, there are usually multiple tractor trailers travelling on them at any given time. Most of us, while driving a motor vehicle, have had to share the roads with a massive tractor trailer, which can lead to a harrowing and dangerous experience. And we’ve all seen the devastating results an accident with a tractor trailer can have on passenger vehicle and its occupants.
Now, trucking groups are lobbying lawmakers in the nation’s capital to allow for even larger and heavier trucks on our highways. The push for allowing twin 33-foot trailers, or Double 33’s, continues. If this passes, this means that trailers as long as an 8-story building could be sharing the roads with passenger cars, cyclists and pedestrians. That undoubtedly is a dangerous idea, and one that should be strongly opposed by trucking safety advocates.
One of the truck lobbying groups, Americans for Modern Transportation, argue that larger trucks that can carry heavier freights are absolutely necessary because of the increased demand posed by companies like Amazon. A growing demand for online deliveries has made it necessary to revise old rules, and increase the weight limits on trucks operating on our highways. Unfortunately, the focus of these groups are more economic savings rather than road safety.