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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- Publication Date: 1980-1-14
- Pagination: 9 p.
- TRT Terms: Axle loads; Bridges; Crash causes; Exemption; Fuels; Impact studies; Laws; Policy; Size; Size and weight regulations; Traffic crashes; Traffic law enforcement; Trucks; Trucks by weight; Weather; Weight
- Uncontrolled Terms: Fund allocations
- Old TRIS Terms: Truck effects (Bridges); Truck laws & regulations; Truck pavement damage
- Subject Areas: Bridges and other structures; Energy; Highways; Law; Motor Carriers; Policy; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00314650
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Dec 11 1980 12:00AM