Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday (June 26) may help trailer manufacturers more efficiently transport their products to dealers.

The Elkhart Truth reported that the Safe and Efficient Trailer Delivery Act, introduced by Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, both from Kansas, would allow drivers transporting light- and medium-duty trailers from manufacturers to retailers to tow two trailers at once, according to a news release from Donnelly’s office.

The bill allows drivers to transport trailers in “tandem combinations” as long as the trailers are empty, the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailers is less than 26,000 pounds and the combined length of the vehicle and trailers is 82 feet or less.

The current law forbids transporters from towing more than one trailer at a time. Seven states are exempt from this rule, but Indiana isn’t among them, according to Donnelly.

“In Indiana, our small and medium trailer industry is made up primarily of small businesses and provides jobs to Hoosiers while helping our state’s economy,” Donnelly said in the news release. “These Hoosier manufacturers must navigate a patchwork system merely to deliver their products, which increases costs and hurts consumers. I am proud to join my colleagues Senator Moran and Senator Roberts in introducing this bipartisan legislation because it would help Hoosier trailer manufacturers transport their products more easily and at a reduced cost to consumers across the country.”

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