Longer Tractor-Trailers Are A Safety Hazard, Teamsters Say

By Jacob Fischler (October 21, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT) -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters opposes a proposal that would raise the nationwide cap on the length of double tractor-trailers, saying Wednesday that the proposal endangers truck drivers and other highway motorists.

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa appeared at a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, seeking to derail legislation that would mandate that states allow 33-foot double trailers on highways. Although some states already allow the longer trailers, adopting a nationwide standard truck longer than the current 28-foot rule would make passing the trucks more difficult and decrease visibility for truck drivers, the statement...

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