Last month we wrote about the trucking industry’s desire to have a mandate from Congress that speed limiters be placed on all commercial trucks. Currently, only about 70% of commercial trucks have speed limiters installed, but that could change soon. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was sent a bill this week that would require all commercial trucks weighing over 27,000 pounds to be equipped with a governor that would place a limit on the truck’s maximum speed. The bill does not specify what the maximum speed would be.
New Rule Expected to Be Approved
If the OMB approves the bill, it would be open for public comment for 60 days. It is expected to be published in late-August, which would mean the public comment period would last until the end of October. If passed, trucking companies would likely be given a two year period to ensure that all of their trucks are equipped with speed limiters.
Reasons for Requiring Speed Limiters
The rule is designed to improve safety on the roads. Most of the trucks are manufactured for a maximum speed of 75 miles per hour, but several states have speed limiters of 80 miles per hour or more. The trucks are unable to travel at those speeds safely and they halt the flow of traffic if they travel significantly slower than other motorists.
Speeding is also responsible for over 13,000 commercial truck accidents each year. In almost 3 out of 10 fatal truck accidents, speeding is cited as a primary cause of the wreck.