New Proposal Would Limit Speed of Heavy Vehicles
Every year, fatal traffic crashes occur in the US. But the number of commercial vehicles including trucks and buses involved in these crashes has raised concerns from many. In addition to this, it has been found that excess road speeds play a role in nearly a quarter of these accidents. Based on this, the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration brought forth a new proposal on Friday concerning proposing speed limits based on a vehicle’s weight.
For vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds, there have been multiple discussions about a new maximum speed limit. While 68 was the highest number mentioned, many safety groups advocated a maximum speed limit of only 60mph. The new proposal would be instated through the use of a limiting device within the vehicle.
A similar proposal was signed into law late last year. This mandate is requiring commercial drivers to implement electronic logging devices into their rigs in order to ensure rest-break and mandatory-restart rules aren’t violated. But many within the field believe that this ruling was arbitrary and capricious, and will actually hurt business without improving safety. The same may be said about the new speed limit proposal for heavier vehicles.
Another reason behind this type of mandate could be to reduce diesel emissions. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “in addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a win for safety, energy conservation, and our environment.”
The American Trucking Associations seems to be in favor of the proposal. Sean McNally, said: “Slowing our vehicles down can have tremendous safety benefits.” Since truckers are usually paid by how fast they get from one place to another, it will be interesting to see how this rule, if brought into law, would affect the industry.”