CMTA supports bill to increase cargo capacity on alternative fuel trucks

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, March 19, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last week, CMTA announced support for legislation that removes an economic barrier to the deployment of clean, alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles. 

AB 2061 specifically provides a limited 2,000-pound to the current weight limits on heavy-duty vehicles to account for the increased weight related to alternative fuel and propulsion systems, including natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric. 

Current state weight limits restrict total vehicle and cargo weights to 80,000 pounds. However, alternative fuel and propulsion systems often add weight of several hundred to thousands of pounds to the vehicle part of that equation requiring a reduction in the cargo part in order to stay under the weight limit. 

In 2015, President Obama signed the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) that included authorization for a weight limit increase to account for alternative fuel systems on heavy-duty vehicles, so AB 2061 would bring California in line with that change. 

How does this benefit California manufacturers? Allowing alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles this limited weight increase means that these vehicles will be able to carry full-loads and help keep transportation costs lower and, in the aggregate, fewer trucks on the road. 

If you have any questions on AB 2061, please contact Michael Shaw at mshaw@cmta.net.

Click here to read CMTA’s support letter.

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