Last summer, after encouragement and support from the trucking industry and traffic safety advocates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule that would require large trucks to install and use speed-limiting devices.
The rule would require that the speed-limiting device in a truck would be set at a designated speed, which has not yet been proposed. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed discussing the benefits of setting the speed limit for these devices at 60, 65 and 68 mph. The DOT said that it would consider the speed limit for the devices based on public input. The public voiced their opinions about the speed limiters. More than 5,400 public comments were submitted, and the DOT extended the deadline 30 more days because of the high level of interest.
Lane Kidd, managing director of the Trucking Alliance advocacy group was quoted in an article on Heavy Duty Trucking’s blog, “Limiting tractor trailers to a reasonable maximum speed makes common sense and companies that utilize speed limiters are safer and also more profitable because they gain fuel savings, and better brake and tire wear,” he continued. “Speed limiters are coming, either through the legislative or regulatory process because they will save lives, and we won’t give up the effort until we achieve that goal.”
Norita Taylor of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Associations (OOIDA) told Heavy Duty Trucking that, “We