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NCHRP 23-13(05) [Anticipated]

Regulatory Relief of Commercial Vehicle Weight Requirements for Emergency Transportation of Critical Commodities
[ NCHRP 23-13 (Transportation Research Related to COVID-19) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $180,000
Staff Responsibility: Trey Joseph Wadsworth
Fiscal Year: 2021

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

Delivery of roughly 75% of consumer goods is carried out by trucks that must observe applicable roadway permit and truck load and oversize requirements. During the COVID-19 pandemic significant changes in the movement of goods and disruption to all transportation modes increasing challenges for truckers. several actions were needed in order to mitigate this disruption and delivery of critically needed supplies, for instance the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) relaxed hours of service rules and States relaxed weight restrictions for public health supply and food deliveries.
The objectives of this study are to identify successful practices and develop procedures and processes for relaxing weight restrictions for emergency supply deliveries.

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