Federal studies affirm dangers of longer truck trailers | Letter
Yet some people in Washington believe it’s time to increase the length of double tractor trailers, from 28 feet per trailer to 33 feet. Proponents of the increase rely on one study — industry-funded junk science that claims these longer trucks to be safer. That is false.
In 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board highlighted regulators’ failure to implement more than 100 recommendations to improve truck safety, something the NTSB has long considered a top priority. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommended no increases in truck size, citing insufficient data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s truck size and weight study.
The study did however, affirm the dangers of longer trucks. The length increase would result in a six-foot-wider turning radius and an additional stopping distance of 22 feet. The wider turning radius could be the difference between life and death for a bicyclist next to a truck. The stopping distance of 22 feet could be the difference in a family getting home.
These differences could be what prompts yet another wife or mother to write a letter to the editor on truck safety.