A federal bill intended to increase the federal truck and weight size limits did not pass the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Committee voted 33 to 22 to study the increased limit, rather than actually increasing it.
As issue was a vote was for an amendment to change a provision in the House highway bill that would have let states raise the limit on Interstate highways from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds on six-axle vehicles.
The amendment struck the language approving the increase and would have the Transportation Department do a three-year study of such a change. The study must cover safety, pavement and bridge costs, and diversion of freight from the railroads and other modes.