The Impact of a Mill Policy to Discourage Overweight Log Trucks

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In Jan. 2002, Rayonier adopted a new truck weight policy at their Georgia mills to discourage gross overloading of trucks. Under this policy, logging contractors were paid a minimal amount per ton for weights exceeding 44 tons. To evaluate the effectiveness of this policy, we compared the weights of all trucks delivering wood to three company mills in Jan. 2001 (before the new policy) with the weights of all trucks delivering to the same three mills in Jan. 2002 (the first month the policy was used). This policy was very effective in a short amount of time. The percentage of trucks with gross vehicle weights exceeding 44 tons dropped from 5.56 to 3.01% after the new policy took effect and this improvement was seen within a week. We also observed other improvements in trucking performance. The percentage of loads within 5% of the legal limit increased from 45.8 to 57.4% through dramatic reductions in the percentage of underloaded trucks. In fact, after the new policy took effect, average gross vehicle weight and the average truck payload both increased due to this reduction in the percentage of underloaded trucks. South. J. Appl. For. 28(3):132–136.

Keywords: Log trucking; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; truck payloads

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Forest Business, Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens GA 30602-2152 Phone: (706) 542-6652, Email: greene@smokey.forestry.uga.edu 2: Center for Forest Business, Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens GA 30602-2152

Publication date: August 1, 2004

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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