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Senators Introduce Tandem Trailer Bill

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Three senators introduced a bill last week that could speed the delivery of light and medium-duty trailers for Indiana trailer manufacturers.

Sen. Joe Donelly (Ind.), along with Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts (Ks.) introduced the Safe and Efficient Trailer Delivery Act on Friday (June 26) that would allow trailer transporters to tow tandem trailer loads when delivering trailers to dealers.

The max combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailers would be 26,000 pounds and the combined length would be less than 82 feet.

“Hoosier (trailer) manufacturers must navigate a patchwork system merely to deliver their products, which increases costs and hurts consumers,” Donnelly said in a statement. “I am proud to join my colleagues Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Pat Roberts in introducing this bipartisan legislation because it would help Hoosier trailer manufacturers transport their products more easily and at a reduced cost to consumers across the country.”

Seven states are exempt from the current law that permits single-trailer loads.

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