On May 23, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the Texas CTP-backed bill allowing for the development of Port Transportation Corridors in and around Texas ports. The new law, which takes effect in January of 2018, will allow for the transport of heavier shipping containers on six and seven axle trucks under specific permitted conditions. The bill’s enactment marks a major milestone in our efforts to advance more productive trucks and will provide the nation with a significant testing ground for the idea that these vehicles can be safer, greener, and more efficient.
The measure authorizes a new permit process that allows six-axle trucks to reach gross vehicle weights up to 93,000 pounds and seven-axle trucks to reach gross vehicle weights up to 100,000 pounds under very specific vehicle configurations and with the addition of significant new vehicle safety technologies.
The Texas Department of Transportation and other key agencies will now begin the development of the administrative rules that will govern the new permit process as well as work with local jurisdictions to establish routes and corridors that will be accessible by the new truck configurations. It is expected that permits for trucks interested in operating under the new law […]