Georgia voters overwhelmingly reject the idea of allowing heavier trucks on the nation’s highways. A survey from AAA comes as Congress debates increasing tractor-trailer weight limits from 80,000 to 90,000 pounds. The auto club’s says, 71% of Georgia voters oppose the proposal, mostly on safety grounds.
Logging trucks on Georgia’s state and local roads could soon be two tons heavier. Lawmakers will consider a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January to increase the weight limit for trucks hauling forest products or poultry.
Some of Georgia's largest companies are lobbying state and federal officials to raise weight limits on highways in the states, a move they say will help the economy and the environment. State officials worry about safety and maintenance issues if heavier trucks are allowed on Georgia roads.