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Possible Increase in Federal Weight Limit for Large Trucks

A proposed addendum to a federal highway bill would increase the weight limit for large trucks operating on federal highways. While the current limit is 80,000 lbs., the change in federal regulation would permit states to set a maximum weight limit of 91,000 lbs., but only if the operators of the truck install a sixth axle. Most semis and tractor-trailers currently have five axles. The change would not be mandatory for states to adopt, meaning that states could individually choose to retain a maximum weight limit of 80,000 lbs. for trucks traveling on their interstate highway system.

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