Longer Combination Vehicles (LCVS) Economics Versus Public Safety
Research rept. Aug 1991-Apr 1992
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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Global production will require transport companies to time deliveries in order to meet assembly requirements using components shipped from many areas of the world. To be competitive, we must use every available means of technology at our disposal. Longer Combination Vehicles LCVS increase our transportation productivity. They have operated safely in 20 states, and in some cases for more than 30 years. In my opinion, the Transportation Bill of 1991 prohibited the expanded use of LCVs because the federal government thought it to be the politically correct thing to do. They certainly did not have any convincing evidence to support their stand. I believe the states Departments of Transportation should be allowed to decide the LCV issue on a state-by-state basis. And, the federal government should provide general oversight. I predict that the trucking industry will prove that LCVs are a safe and economical means of distributing products. And, eventually the 1991 Federal mandate restructing their expansion will be lifted. States will be given the authority to approve LCV use on their highway system.
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