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October 2019

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October 2019 | Overdrive | 15 show it is not clear if the benefits of these systems outweigh the costs. H.R. 3781, the INSURANCE Act: This bill would increase the liability insurance minimum for truck- ing companies from $750,000 to more than $4.9 million. The coalition says the currently liability minimum covers damages in all but 0.06% of crashes. — Matt Cole We've got your back, so you can weigh, pay and get going. 1-877-CAT-SCALE (228-7225) catscale.com | weighmytruck.com Now accepting: WEIGH. PAY. GET GOING. You know you can trust CAT Scale for guaranteed accurate weights. You can get that same guarantee even faster by using the Weigh My Truck app. Weigh and pay all from your mobile device without leaving your cab. Weigh Faster. CAT OD 081919.qxp_Layout 1 8/19/19 12:45 PM Page 1 CAT Scale_OVD0919pg.indd 1 8/20/19 10:15 AM The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of trucking-related trade associations to oppose four trucking mandates that have been proposed in Congress — underride guards, speed limiters, automatic emergency brak- ing systems and a liability insurance minimum increase. The 31 associations penned a letter to Congress Sept. 16 urging the rejec- tion of the four bills and detailing the problems with each proposal: H.R. 1511/S. 665, the Stop Underrides Act: This bill would mandate the installation of front, side and rear underride guards on all trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds, as well as single-unit trucks with a GVWR greater than 10,000 pounds and a carriage that is more than 22 inches above the ground. The group says there are practical problems with the proposal, including that lowboys and car haulers can't be fitted with side or rear underride guards. S. 2033, the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019: This bill would require heavy-duty trucks to be equipped with speed limiters set at 65 mph. The coalition said the bill would create unsafe speed differen- tials in 35 states. H.R. 3773, the Safe Roads Act: This bill would require new commercial trucks to be equipped with automatic emergency braking systems. The coalition said studies Coalition opposes proposed trucking mandates NOMINATIONS FOR Goodyear's 37th annual Highway Hero award can be made through Nov. 29 at goodyeart- rucktires.com/newsroom/highway- heroes. Three finalists will receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2020 Mid- America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, where the winner will be announced.

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