The Shippers Coalition

We seek to improve supply chains and freight transportation all while advancing safety and reducing emissions, vehicle miles traveled, fuel consumption, and congestion. The Coalition is here to share the story of shippers across the country and propose solutions that increase fluidity in the supply chain.

1.
Make roads safer for our families

Goal #1

2.
Inject fluidity into the supply chain

Goal #2

3.
Ensure clean and sustainable transportation solutions

Goal #3

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Gross
Vehicle Weight

Limit Reform

The Problem:

Trucks are currently leaving our ports, factories, and warehouse without being at full capacity, exacerbating supply chain challenges and impacting consumers around the country.

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The Solution:

It is time for Congress to modestly increase gross vehicle weight limits to 91,000-pounds on 6 axles in a 10-state opt-in pilot program.

The Federal government last changed gross vehicle weight limits in 1982, but in the last 40 years there have been major advancements in truck safety technology. Trucks are currently driving on state and local roads past our schools, homes, and playgrounds. Increasing Gross Vehicle Weight Limits would move these trucks back on to the better built Federal Interstates where they belong.

On reducing carbon footprints, the US Department of Transportation’s 2015 technical study work found that the 6-axle truck at up to 91,000-pounds would reduce fuel consumption, CO2, NOX, and congestion costs.

In the 2020 CARES Act included a provision to allow states to issue permits to increase Gross Vehicle Weight limits on Interstates during the COVID-19 crisis. During this time, there were no increased safety risks and our members found environmental benefits through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Truck Driver
Shortage

The Problem:

The American Trucking Associations estimates that there is a truck driver shortage of 80,000 drivers. Without enough drivers, there will not be enough fluidity in the supply chain to ensure consumers are getting their essential goods.

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The Solution:

The Shippers Coalition is supportive of solutions that expand the demographics of the trucking workforce, incentivize drivers to enter the workforce, and increase quality of life for drivers.