The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) said it supports the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient Trucking Act, introduced today by Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., which would allow states to increase truck weight limits on federal highways.

Under the bill, states could increase truck weight limits on Interstate System highways within their borders to 91,000 pounds as long as those trucks are equipped with an additional sixth axle. The federal weight limit for Interstate highways has been set at 80,000 pounds since 1982.

"Federal highway truck weight limits currently are lower than most state road weight limits, and this inconsistency presents obstacles to efficient movement of U.S. grains," said NGFA Director of Economics and Government Relations Max Fisher. "Congressman Ribble's bill would improve this situation, taking better advantage of our Interstate highway system infrastructure while still protecting highway safety." 

The Safe, Flexible, and Efficient Trucking Act would allow trucks to carry an additional 11,000 pounds of weight on federal highways while adhering to U.S. Department of Transportation safety guidelines.

NGFA said it would welcome the inclusion of Ribble's legislation in multi-year surface transportation legislation. Funding for surface transportation projects expires at the end of October. To see more of NGFA's priorities in a multi-year highway bill, click  here.