On July 24, Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Florida) introduced the Right to Haul Act (HR 5201), which would allow “agriculture and forestry haulers” access to the federal Interstate system at their respective state’s legal weight limit for the stipulated commodities. Rep. Southerland notes that “loggers and agriculture haulers have suffered significantly under a patchwork system of state and federal truck weight regulations. My legislation will standardize this system by recognizing each state’s right to determine the appropriate weight limit within its own boundary . . . to help grow jobs and create more efficient and successful operations.”
Notably, the bill defines the applicable “agricultural commodities” broadly to include “fiber” and “forestry products,” as well as “any product thereof”—so outbound manufactured goods appear to be included.
Obtaining this kind of relief has been a high priority for American Loggers Council members, and FRA supports the legislation, both for the efficiencies it can provide to wood supply management and because it raises the profile of truck weight reform as an action item within the Surface Transportation Reauthorization process.