Mississippi’s transportation commissioners are urging U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran to help squash a proposal that would force the state to allow larger double-trailer trucks on its roads.
“I don’t like Congress mandating that states do this,” said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who signed a letter to Cochran, R-Miss., along with the state’s other two elected commissioners. “I’m a whole lot more interested in the safety of Mississippi’s drivers than I am the financial welfare of a national corporation.”
National highway safety advocates also are fighting the measure, along with another passed by the House that would extend a freeze on stricter regulations on when and how long truckers must rest between long hauls.
Mississippi is one of 39 states that does not allow “double 33s,” or two 33-foot trailers to be pulled behind a single truck. The state allows double 28-foot trailers, but Hall said “I’m not a fan of double trailers, period.”