House Study Bill 212 - Introduced HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION RESOLUTION BY CHAIRPERSON BEST) A Concurrent Resolution urging the members of Congress 1 to amend federal law to increase the maximum gross 2 weight allowed for motor vehicles operated on the 3 interstate road system in Iowa and bordering states. 4 WHEREAS, federal law imposes a uniform combined 5 gross weight limit of 80,000 pounds for vehicles 6 operated on the interstate road system, unless 7 expressly exempted; and 8 WHEREAS, a number of exemptions to the weight limit 9 are provided on certain segments of the interstate road 10 system, including in Iowa and in states that border 11 Iowa; and 12 WHEREAS, vehicles with six or more axles can safely 13 and efficiently handle loads exceeding 80,000 pounds 14 while complying with reasonable axle weight limits, 15 as evidenced by the 96,000 pound weight limit for 16 commercial motor vehicles with seven axles driven on 17 primary highways that are not part of the interstate 18 road system in Iowa; and 19 WHEREAS, commercial motor vehicle drivers are 20 inconvenienced while navigating the interstate road 21 system by encountering different weight limits on 22 different segments of the same interstate road system 23 within and across state borders; and 24 WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of Iowa and the 25 states that border Iowa to have the same vehicle weight 26 limits on the interstate road system across all states 27 -1- LSB 2515YC (3) 90 th/ns 1/ 2
H.C.R. _____ that border Iowa; and 1 WHEREAS, it is also in the best interest of Iowa 2 to increase the payload capacity of commercial motor 3 vehicles, which may result in fewer vehicles on the 4 interstate road system and improve traffic flow; NOW 5 THEREFORE, 6 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE 7 SENATE CONCURRING, That the General Assembly of the 8 State of Iowa urges Congress to amend federal law to 9 authorize the federal highway administration to raise 10 the weight limit on the interstate road system in Iowa 11 and in the states that border Iowa to 96,000 pounds for 12 commercial motor vehicles with seven axles; and 13 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this 14 resolution be distributed to the President of the 15 United States Senate, the Speaker of the United State 16 House of Representatives, and each member of Iowa’s 17 congressional delegation. 18 -2- LSB 2515YC (3) 90 th/ns 2/ 2