IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT STUDY (CED-80-41)

A review of the Department of Transportation draft study plan for its truck size and weight study revealed several areas needing improvement to provide a more objective research effort. The draft plan did not: discuss how the actual effect of specific changes in truck weight limits would be calculated; consider the effect of permit and expemption policies, level of weight enforcement, or severity of fines; consider earlier GAO recommendations for legislative changes to Federal weight limitations; include an assumption for evaluating the maximmum truck weights that would be allowable now in virtually al States; state whether additional highway funds would be available under any of the assumptions; state intentions to determine who will assume costs or receive benefits under various weight limits; include a representative sample of all Federal-aid highways and bridge; include obtaining data on overlay design; include plans to consider the impact of pavement condition on fuel efficiency; provide any indication of the relationship between weight and the cause of accidents; or consider the impact of weather. These issues need to be addressed to adequately consider important aspects of truck weight.

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  • Pagination: 9 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00314650
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1980 12:00AM