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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement supporting Rep. Reid Ribble’s (R-WI) introduction of the Safe, Flexible and Efficient Trucking Act (Safe Trucking Act), which will increase the weight limit for trucks traveling on federal highways to 91,000 pounds and require a sixth axle.
“The transportation crisis in America is severe. Increasing truck weights to the federal bridge compliant weight of 91,000 pounds with the addition of a sixth axle will reduce congestion, decrease emissions and improve global competitiveness of U.S. forest products companies.
“With the higher weight limit, the space in trucks will be used more efficiently and the number of truck trips for forest products could be reduced by approximately 1.4 million each year. This legislation will reduce miles traveled and improve highway safety.
“We thank Representative Ribble for his leadership in introducing the Safe Trucking Act and urge its adoption by Congress.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.