The total cost of moving goods by truck over a highway system involves 2 basic components: the public costs associated with construction and maintenance of the road network, and the privately financed costs of acquiring, operating and maintaining a fleet of trucks. These public and private costs are linked in many ways. To ensure that these 2 components of the transportation system - the vehicles and roads - are compatible with each other, and to attempt to keep the overall private and public expenditures of the total system to a minimum, it is necessary to establish design and maintenance standards for the roads and limits to the weights, and dimensions of trucks. The article discusses vehicle operating costs, road construction and maintenance costs, and weight-control enforcement. It is noted that vehicle-weight regulation is an essential part of any highway management system, and that enforcements of the regulations requires a commitment of resources for apropriate scales and staff, as well as meaningful penalties.

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    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Al-Balbissi, A H
  • Publication Date: 1991-5

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  • Accession Number: 00609220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM