A bill introduced late last week in the U. Senate would require the U. Department of Transportation to resume work on a rule to require heavy-duty trucks to be equipped with speed limiters and require a limited speed of 65 mph. It would require all new trucks to be equipped with speed limiters set at 65 mph, as well as existing trucks with speed limiting capabilities to have the same cap. The agency was scheduled to publish a proposed rule in September , but has since moved the rulemaking to a long-term agenda item.
Senate bill would force DOT to institute speed limiter mandate, set 65 mph limit
U.S. Senators propose mph truck speed limiters - FreightWaves
A proposal to limit the speed of heavy trucks to 65 mph proposed earlier this year by truck safety groups has been taken up by two U. Existing trucks that already have the technology installed would be required to set the mph limit as well, while those without speed limiters would not be required to install the technology retroactively. The legislation comes five months after a coalition led by Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition began lobbying Congress on the issue after previous attempts at changing the law stalled. JBHT , U. Xpress [ NYSE: KNX , is a proponent of speed limiters and supports the legislation.
Senators introduce bill to limit trucks to 65 mph
Michael Catarevas Jun 30, Johnny Isakson R-GA , and Chris Coons D-DE on June 27 introduced legislation that would require all new commercial trucks with a gross weight of 26, pounds or more to be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a maximum speed of 65 mph and be used at all times while in operation. Trucks without speed limiters would not be forced to retroactively install the technology. Speed limiter rule at a standstill — for now. ATA calls for mph truck speed limit.
After failing to get two previous presidential administrations to require trucks to set their speed limiter devices to 65 mph, safety lobbyists are bypassing regulators and taking their case to the new Congress instead. A coalition led by Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition is using crash statistics and an economic business case to try and convince lawmakers to pass legislation requiring that all heavy-duty trucks use speed limiters as well as install automatic emergency braking AEB. The group points to an FMCSA study that found trucks not using their speed limiters had a percent higher highway-speed crash rate compared to trucks using speed limiters.