1998-11-16

The Potential for Performance-Based Standards as the Basis for Truck Size and Weight Regulations in the United States 982823

This research project examined truck size (dimensions) and weight regulation in other countries, worldwide, to identify size and weight regulations that are based on standards of truck performance. The study revealed that some countries have begun to account for differences in vehicle performance in their size and weight regulations.
The potential U.S. role of 24 noted performance-based standards was examined comparing enforcement issues versus the benefits associated with each noted standard and groups of standards. Based on a preliminary analysis, the analysis revealed that the benefits attributable to 12 of the noted standards may be equal to or greater than their enforcement issues, and thus may be more easily implemented into the U.S. Truck Size and Weight Framework.

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