NASSTRAC is encouraging lawmakers to include a provision allowing for twin 33-foot trailer combinations, or Twin 33s for short, as part of the fiscal year 2016 government spending bill. House and Senate negotiators continue to negotiate on an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. The current short-term funding agreement expires on December 11.
Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees earlier this year approved Twin 33s as part of the transportation spending bill.
According to data from the Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking (CERT), allowing Twin 33s will result in 6.6 million fewer truck trips per year — a 1.3-billion-mile reduction in truck traffic. The reduction in traffic will economize 204 million gallons of fuel annually and reduce carbon emissions by 4.4 billion pounds per year. The reduced congestion would prevent 912 crashes.