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Coalition releases new study saying adoption of twin-33s boosts safety, efficiency


Monday, March 13, 2017
by THE TRUCKER STAFF

This diagram shows the difference in length of a truck equipped with twin 28-foot trailers versus one equipped with twin 33-foot trailers. A new study by the Americans for Modern Transportation says that use of the longer trailers in 2014 would have reduced truck miles driven by 3.1 billion miles and avoided 4,500 accidents. (Courtesy: AMT)
This diagram shows the difference in length of a truck equipped with twin 28-foot trailers versus one equipped with twin 33-foot trailers. A new study by the Americans for Modern Transportation says that use of the longer trailers in 2014 would have reduced truck miles driven by 3.1 billion miles and avoided 4,500 accidents. (Courtesy: AMT)

WASHINGTON — The Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) coalition Monday released a new study that the organization says finds that widespread adoption of twin 33-foot trailers boosts safety and efficiency for American drivers, consumers and businesses.

Conducted by 35-year traffic safety researcher Dr. Ronald Knipling, the study finds safety is enhanced by increasing the stability of trailers on the road, reducing truck miles driven by 3.1 billion, and enabling better enforcement of standards for all trucks.

“Allowing widespread use of twin 33-foot trailers is common sense policy. Not only are they more stable at highway speeds, the efficiency gains mean we have fewer trucks on the road,” Knipling said. "Fewer trucks means fewer accidents, less wear and tear on our roads, and more focused enforcement by weigh stations for all types of trucks. It's a win-win for drivers, consumers, businesses, and the economy.”

Entitled “Twin 33 Foot Truck Trailers: Making U.S. Freight Transport Safer And More Efficient,” Knipling's study finds a shift to twin 33s results in reduced exposure to risk, fewer annual truck accidents, improved fuel efficiency, lowered emissions, and reduced traffic.

Key findings include:

  • Widespread adoption of twin 33s would have reduced truck miles driven by 3.1 billion in 2014, avoiding 4,500 accidents annually.
  • Similarly, in 2014, the shift to twin 33s would have saved 255.2 million gallons of fuel and reduced carbon emissions by nearly 3 million tons. Clean air improvements would be like taking 551,000 cars off the highways.
  • Lastly, a shift to twin 33s would have dramatically reduced congestion, decreasing travel delay time by 53.2 million hours.
  • Overall, a shift to twin 33s would save $2.6 billion in transportation costs.

The study highlights the innovations improving trucking safety and efficiency.

Knipling finds that adaptive cruise control, electronic stability monitoring, video mirrors, collision warning systems and continuous onboard safety monitoring are revolutionizing truck safety.

“While the trucking industry continues to innovate, it's been more than 25 years since we upgraded our transportation policies,” said AMT spokesperson Melissa Manson. “Business and consumer trends demand a modern transportation system.”

The use of twin 33-foot trailers is a divisive issue within the trucking industry.

They are opposed by the Truckload Carriers Association, which foresees TL carriers having to pay for new trailer fleets to remain competitive.

The American Trucking Associations, whose membership includes both TL and LTL carriers, is neutral on the issue.

Americans for Modern Transportation represents some of the nation's largest shippers, deliverers, and retailers who are committed to improving the safety and efficiency of America's transportation system and modernizing the delivery of products across the country.

The coalition's founding members include Amazon, American Highway Users Alliance, Carbon War Room, Estes, FedEx, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, International Foodservice Distributors Association, International Warehouse Logistics Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, North American Council For Freight Efficiency, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Securing America's Future Energy, Sysco, The National Industrial Transportation League, ULINE, UPS, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, and YRCW.

Visit www.americansformoderntransportation.org for more information.

 

 

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