Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Big Rigs Roll in to Help Push Statehouse Legislation

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Jessica Johnson
  • Jessica Johnson

Motorists have faced more than their typical challenge finding a parking space near the Idaho Statehouse this week.

The Right Truck for Idaho coalition parked itself—quite literally—outside the Capitol Monday and Tuesday in its effort to show lawmakers and the public what permanently changing truck weight (from 105,500 pounds to 129,000 pounds) by passing Senate Bill 1064 would look like.

“Today is just about education, and we want to explain that the purpose of the coalition is to reduce the number of trucks on the road. So for every four of [the 129,000-pound trucks], we get rid of one of [the 105,000-pound trucks].” Said Jeff Huber, transportation manager for Glanbia Foods, which ships dairy products out of southern Idaho.

The Amalgamated Sugar Company rolled in examples of each of the two different weight trucks.

“It’ll effect, basically, the entire state of Idaho,” said Meridian trucker Jeff Halford. “What they’re trying to do is put less of a carbon footprint out on the roads.”

The coalition also handed out pamphlets on Tuesday suggesting that a 10-year study performed by the Idaho Transportation Department concluded that higher weight trucks had “no significant effects on pavements, bridges or roadway safety.”

“The State of Idaho and those responsible for maintaining the roads have given us their blessing," said Huber. "It wasn’t that they didn’t see a lot of road damage, it was that they saw none.”

The public was allowed to climb into the trucks' spacious cabs and test out a truck driving simulator during the demonstration, which was expected to roll out of town tonight.

Jessica Johnson
  • Jessica Johnson

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