Truckers won’t be the only ones to suffer if the government implements a proposed speed limiter mandate for heavy trucks and other large commercial vehicles.
To illustrate the point, The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association produced a video demonstrating the dangers of speed-limited trucks, particularly to motorists in passenger vehicles.
A mandate to limit the speed of large trucks was proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in September 2016. OOIDA opposes mandatory speed limiters, pointing to research that contradicts the feds’ claimed “safety benefits,” as it would force a speed differential between heavy trucks and other vehicles using the highways. That would lead to more vehicle interactions, unsafe maneuvering and crashes, a study of speed differentials shows.
“Studies and research have already proven what we were all taught long ago in driver’s ed classes, that traffic is safest when vehicles all travel at the same relative speed,” said Norita Taylor, OOIDA’s director of public relations. “Limiting trucks to speeds less than the flow of traffic increases interactions between vehicles, which can lead to more crashes.”
The Association also challenges the assertion that slowing trucks down will lead to safer roadways, saying the data the agencies used to reach those conclusions in the regulatory impact analysis is deeply flawed, and fails to consider the documented risks created by speed differentials between passenger and commercial motor vehicles.
The video is designed not only for the trucking community, but also for all highway users so that they can learn the dangers of speed differentials created by artificially speed limiting large trucks.
“We encourage our members and the motoring public to share the video freely,” Taylor said.
The video demonstrates in animated format along with infographics what happens to traffic when trucks are speed limited. It also includes a short interview with Dr. Steven Johnson, a researcher who has conducted extensive empirical studies on highways and speed.
OOIDA wants policymakers on the federal level to recognize the negative consequences of over-regulating the trucking industry. The Association also recently launched a campaign called “Knock Out Bad Regs” in which its members are encouraged to push back against excessive trucking regulations.
The campaign helps educate and encourage Association members on what they need to do in identifying their lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and reaching out to them effectively. The “Knock Out Bad Regs” effort will give OOIDA members the tools to hold the Administration and Congress to their pledge to reduce regulations.
Visit www.FightingForTruckers.com for more information on Knock Out Bad Regs.
This one-page fact sheet has more statistics and information on speed limiters.