Heavy haul services on the roads of Florida could soon be carrying as much as 88,000 pounds as they travels down the roads of America’s sunny state. The bill that would make this law went into effect on July 1 and was recently signed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist on July 4. Advocates and critics of this idea were very quick to respond to the news, when it was announced, and have since each had their say. Long haul professionals of the Florida Trucking Association and the American Trucking Associations have decided this is a good idea that has definite benefits for the business of freight shipping on the roads of the United States. Groups like the Florida Coalition for Safe Highways and the Florida Association of Professional EMTs and Paramedics are against the idea. Apparently, the EMT group thinks that the bridges of Florida are already in bad enough condition and that heavier freight trucks is just going to make the bridges even more unsafe and could even make it difficult for medical services to access areas of Florida. The Florida Coalition on the other hand thinks that this idea could make it more difficult for commercial transports to get moving and stop when operating on the roads and that this could actually contribute to the volume of accidents on the roads of America involving heavy haul freight shipping services.
The President and CEO of the American Trucking Association is so serious about this idea that they have sent a letter to Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist, asking him to sign the bill. The increase of allowable truck weights from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds is expected to increase productivity of trucking services, possibly decrease the level of traffic congestion on the roads of the United States, reduce the volume of fuel being consumed and the total volume of carbon emissions being released into the air due to the transport of roro and ltl freight, according to sources in the freight trucking industry of America.