The Citizens League is opposing a bill in the Legislature that would raise the weight limit on freight-hauling trucks on Minnesota roads.
The bill would allow trucks weighing up to 90,000 pounds to operate on state roads, up from the current 80,000 limit.
The Citizens League says when looked into the issue in 2005, it “discovered that large trucks do not pay their fair share in terms of road impact and this has been true for decades and remains true today. We realize there are economic pressures to allow increases.”
Sean Kershaw, executive director of the Citizens League, said:
“Trucks play an important role in the inter-modal transportation of freight in Minnesota and throughout the country, but today’s 80,000 pound trucks only repay 80 percent of the damage they cause to our roads and bridges. Increasing weight to 90,000 or more would only aggravate this problem.
“The Citizens League isn’t against big trucks per se, but we believe there needs to be greater transparency so that the public can be assured big trucks are paying their share to cover the damage they cause to our roads. We’d consider changing our opinion if the fees matched the cost of their impact.”