The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is currently seeking speed limiters for heavy-duty truck. The organization petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to program electronic speed limiters to 65 miles per hour for all large trucks back in 2006. The government finally said it would move ahead with the legislation in 2011, but for the past four years the regulation has been mired in bureaucracy.
ATA is in favor of speed limiters, while most small business truck drivers are against it. Consider the arguments from both sides and decide where you stand:
Why Speed Limiters are Good for Truck Drivers
- Federal data identifies driving too fast for the conditions or above the posted speed limit as the reason behind 18 percent of fatal crashes caused by heavy-duty trucks. Mandated speed limiters could reduce accidents, injuries, fatalities and property destruction on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph and above.
- ATA backs a national speed limit for all vehicles to 65 mph and is disturbed by the recent trend of raising speed limits to 75, 80 or even 85 mph.
Why Speed Limiters are Bad for Truck Drivers
- Forcing truck drivers to travel slower than the flow of traffic could have unintended safety consequences.
- Vehicles traveling at different speeds on the highway foster a less safe, unpredictable driving environment.
- Speed limiters could increase cases of road rage and congestion.
- Speed limiters are just another way to hamper small business truck drivers from making efficient deliveries.
- Instead of imposing speed restrictions on trucks, opponents of the rule say adequate training and rewards for voluntary governing could be a superior alternative.
Once the proposed ruled is published sometime later this summer, it will be open for public comment for 60 days. Following the public comment period, a final rule will be published and likely go into effect two years later.
After considering the pros and cons, what do you think? Are speed limiters good or bad for truck drivers? Let us know where you stand in the debate.
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