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Report Details Economic Benefits of Uniform Permitting

December 28, 1999

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Issuing multistate oversize/overweight permits could reduce state administrative costs by 20% to 30% and save carriers from $58 to $131 per year, according to a study just released by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Assn.

"Permit uniformity may not be the most interesting topic, but it affects everybody, whether they realize it or not," said SC&RA Executive Vice President N. Eugene Brymer. "States lose jobs and revenues because the lack of permit uniformity hurts key industries that rely on specialized carriers. Heavy haulers play a key role in the construction of office buildings, commercial space, power plants, highways and transit systems, manufacturing, mining and much more."
The report, prepared by Cambridge Systematics for the SC&R Foundation, places the oversize/overweight permitting process in the context of emerging trends in state and trucking industry technology, including regional permitting agreements. It defines state agency functions and leading process and information flow enhancements. It identifies potential benefits of oversize/overweight loads and recommends further steps by government and industry to realize potential economic benefits.
Copies of "Economic Benefits of Uniformity in Oversize/Overweight Permitting" can be ordered by phone at (703) 698-0291 or on the Internet at www.scranet.org. Price is $95 for SC&RA members and $195 for nonmembers.

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