Casey attacks provision to allow longer trucks on highways

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says he wants a provision to allow longer tractor-trailer trucks on highways in Pennsylvania removed from a bill to extend federal transportation programs for six years.

Senators were debating the bill Friday.

Casey says the provision would make road travel more dangerous for motorists and truckers alike and put a greater strain on Pennsylvania’s aging highways and bridges. It would allow 85-feet double tractor-trailer trucks, in contrast to the 53-feet single-trailer trucks currently on Pennsylvania highways.

The provision has already passed the House.

Police organizations oppose the measure, while trucking organizations support it as a way to improve efficiency. Jim Runk of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that longer trailers wouldn’t jeopardize safety and weight limits would remain the same.

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