FedEx advocates for longer trailers

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - FedEx representatives said they're advocating for longer trailers on roads across the country.

The Americans for Modern Transportation Coalition, who represents FedEx, said right now there's a 28-foot tandem trailer limit. Tandem refers to trailers hooked together. They want to add five feet to that limit, changing the standard to 33-foot twin trailers.

"Allowing the widespread use of Twin 33s builds on the trucking industry's continued efforts to boost America's shipping productivity and is a common sense policy solution to modernize our nation's transportation system. Twin 33s are more stable at high speeds, would reduce the number of trucks on the road, and decrease congestion for all motorists," AMT representatives said.

Others, like Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, warn of dangers.

"A 2013 Marshall University-led study found that double-trailer trucks have an 11 percent higher fatality rate than single-trailer trucks. This finding is consistent with findings made by USDOT in a 2000 study.

Information, including testimony from FedEx's president and CEO, can be found by clicking here.

To view the written testimony, click here.

Representatives from both sides say the discussion is still ongoing.

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