AF&PA President Backs Safe & Efficient Transportation Act

April 8, 2011 (Press Release) - American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding introduction of the Safety & Efficient Transportation Act (SETA) in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), with co-sponsoring Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

“The Safety & Efficient Transportation Act provides an opportunity to bring an outdated federal weight limit up to 21st Century standards. This legislation would give states the option to choose whether to allow for these trucks to add a sixth axle and increase the weight limit from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds on their interstates.

“Current law puts U.S. manufacturing and shipping industries at a competitive disadvantage to our trading partners. Technology has greatly improved to provide for the safe transport of trucks carrying higher weight loads in the 30 years since the law was enacted. It is illogical for trucks to be limited below their space capacity, leading to more trucks on the road, more emissions in the air and more fuel needlessly consumed. Small and large businesses alike are searching for ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness in their operations in order to save jobs, and this proposal would give much needed opportunity for such efficiencies to be realized.

“SETA is a win for U.S. competiveness, a win for our highway system, for driver safety, and for our environment. I applaud Senators Crapo, Kohl, Collins and Portman for introducing this vital legislation in the Senate.”

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association