Frozen Express
Feb. 2, 2012

Coalition defends truck weight limit revision
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, a group of 200 shippers and allied associations dedicated to safely and responsibly increasing the federal vehicle weight limit on interstate highways, supports the carefully crafted truck weight reform proposal in the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Coalition for Transportation Productivity.

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