Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

SC&RA launches UPT2021 initiative

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has launched the Uniform Permit Transport 2021 (UPT2021) initiative, which aims to establish harmonisation in weight allowances and permitting systems across all 50 US states.



Oversized and overweight trucks travelling across state lines experience different requirements and weight allowances in each state, which the SC&RA said leads to delays and an increase in costs for clients. 

The UPT2021 initiative will advocate for widespread acceptance of more comprehensive and representative permitted weight configurations issued under routine or auto-issued permits.

Two of the primary goals for UPT2021 are to encourage all states to allow minimum weight thresholds, and to analyse and issue permits via automated permit systems, 24-7. According to the SC&RA, more than 30 states presently use systems that auto-issue permits - in some cases for a convoy measuring more than 16 ft (4.8 m) wide and high and having a gross weight of 250,000 lbs (113.4 tonnes).

The aim is to gain 100 percent compliance across the country by 2021.

 "Lack of uniformity amongst states is costing our member companies millions of dollars annually," said SC&RA vice president, Steven Todd. "Manufacturers pay more for transporting their products and those costs are passed along to consumers. Ultimately, it's nearly every citizen/taxpayer bearing the burden. 

"Beyond the consumer, the lack of uniformity among states permitted weight allowances has a very real impact on the nation's infrastructure as oversize/overweight loads are re-routed thousands of additional miles, causing more stress on roads and bridges," explained Todd. "This is why SC&RA is committed to working towards uniformity in allowable permitted weight configurations. UPT2021 is one of the most important initiatives we've undertaken because, while the goal of uniformity across 50 states is possible, it's formidable. But the consequences of doing nothing are no longer tolerable."

The SC&RA has proposed 11 configurations that make up the majority of typical overweight permits issued by states in the USA. The 11 selected configurations are already approved in several states.

This initiative pertains only to those loads defined by the US government as non-divisible loads. Typical non-divisible loads include items such as construction equipment, bridge beams and transformers. 



www.scranet.org

Heavy Lift | News

JOC launches new breakbulk conference thumbnail image

JOC launches new breakbulk conference

December 5 - The Journal of Commerce (JOC) has established a new breakbulk and project cargo conference, which will be held for the first time in New Orleans, USA next year from April 29 - May 2.
Views: 1523
KMA delivers Colonia shipment thumbnail image

KMA delivers Colonia shipment

November 22 - KMA Uruguay has handled a project cargo shipment on behalf of the Administracion Nacional de Puertos for the Colonia ferry terminal.
Views: 2311
Entries open for 2019 ESTA awards thumbnail image

Entries open for 2019 ESTA awards

November 16 - Entries are now being accepted for the European crane and heavy transport industry’s 2019 ESTA Awards.
Views: 2483

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.