Home Depot backs federal vehicle weight reform bill

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The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, a group of 200 shippers and allied associations dedicated to increasing federal vehicle weight limits on interstate highways, on Thursday, Nov. 17, announced that CTP member Home Depot voiced strong support for federal truck weight reform legislation at the U.S. Freight Sustainability Summit.

During her remarks at the Summit, Lindsay Chason, senior manager for environmental innovation at Home Depot, promoted the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (S. 747, H.R. 763). SETA would allow states the option to grant interstate access to heavier trucks equipped with six axles instead of the typical five.

“Transportation accounts for about 50 percent of Home Depot’s carbon footprint,” said Chason. “For Home Depot and other companies, SETA represents an opportunity to safely boost our environmental sustainability and productivity. The six-axle trucks SETA allows are more efficient because they can safely haul more goods, reducing the truckloads, vehicle miles and fuel associated with each ton of freight.”

Chason said SETA will safely increase supply chain efficiency, helping Home Depot meet its sustainability goals and reduce costsfor its company and consumers. “SETA is simply a win-win for the environment, highway safety and business,” she said. “Please join us in encouraging Congress to include SETA in the highway reauthorization legislation. Supporting smart transportation policy is the right thing to do.”