Media Advisory on Senators Opposition to Bigger Trucks

Media Advisory on Senators Opposition to Bigger Trucks

October, 2015

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:


October 20, 2015


Ryan Taylor (Wicker), 202-224-6253

Dean Lieberman (Feinstein), 202-224-9629

Sarah Zukowski (Blumenthal), 202-224-2823



Wicker, Feinstein, Blumenthal Unite to Stop Bigger Trucks

Senators Joined by Coalition of Industry, Safety Advocates, Law Enforcement, and Unions 


WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, October 21, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will hold a press conference to discuss their bipartisan opposition to a federal mandate that would allow large trucks to pull double 33-foot trailers on the nation’s highways. The Senators will be joined by representatives from the trucking industry, Teamsters, law enforcement, and a safety advocacy group.


A tractor trailer with two 33-foot trailers measures approximately 91 feet in total length, and this equipment will also be available for viewing. 


Earlier this year, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the transportation funding bill requiring states to allow trucks with two 33-foot trailers on their highways. Current federal law permits double 28-foot trailers.


When the committee considered the measure, the Department of Transportation (DOT) advised that there is currently not enough data to draw firm conclusions on the safety implications of double 33-foot trailers. DOT recommended that no changes to truck size be considered at this time.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET


Senator Roger Wicker

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Richard Blumenthal

David Williams, Knight Transportation

James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Walter Armstrong, Police Chief, Vicksburg, MS

Jackie Gillan, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety


West Front of the U.S. Capitol on 1st Street NW, between Constitution Avenue and Peace Circle


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