The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is sending out a Call To Action urging members who oppose a proposed speed limiter mandate to contact members of the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
Committee members include Republicans:
- Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida, chairman
- David Joyce, Ohio
- John Culberson, Texas
- Kevin Yoder, Kansas, vice chair
- David Jolly, Florida
- David Young, Iowa
- Evan Jenkins, West Virginia
- David Price, North Carolina, ranking member
- Mike Quigley, Illinois
- Tim Ryan, Ohio
- Henry Cuellar, Texas
The Call To Action was sent out to OOIDA members who live in the subcommittee members’ Congressional districts.
“On Sept. 7, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would mandate speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks. The proposed regulation seeks to require that truck manufacturers activate speed limiters at the time of manufacture and all trucks already on the road with engine control modules (ECUs) capable of restricting speed have the devices activated.
“In the coming weeks, Congress will be deciding whether to include a Senate amendment passed earlier this year requiring the Secretary of Transportation to issue a final rule mandating speed limiting devices on trucks in a bill funding the Department of Transportation. At this time, OOIDA is urging our members to call their lawmakers and educate them about the real dangers of speed limiters.”
OOIDA’s website, FightingForTruckers.com, has more information about the Association’s opposition to the proposal, as well as ways for truckers to contact their lawmakers via letter and oppose a mandate.
The FightingForTruckers website also includes a link to a list of talking points members can reference when filing comments for NHTSA and FMCSA to consider during the rulemaking process. Drivers who currently drive or have driven speed-limited trucks are encouraged to share their personal experiences and real-world, on-the-road problems they’ve faced when using such devices.
OOIDA encourages its members to submit comments via Regulations.gov at Docket FMCSA-2014-0083 or Docket NHTSA-2016-0087 (All comments received will be duly considered by the joint NHTSA and FMCSA team; comments only need to be posted to one docket). The public comment period will be open until Monday, Nov. 7.
Before you start through the electronic process on the internet, be sure you have the correct Docket ID. This is how the docket management system knows what you are specifically addressing in your comments.
The Docket ID identifies a regulatory action the agency is putting in the record for public view and possible comment. It contains a series of letters and numbers separated by dashes; for example, FMCSA-2014-0083 and NHTSA-2016-0087 are the dockets related to speed limiters. You can comment on one or the other. It is not necessary to submit comments to both. The dashes are critical when looking up a particular rulemaking. When you’re searching for a specific document to comment on, if you use the dashes incorrectly, or not at all, you won’t find the document you’re looking for.
The following steps will walk you through finding the docket that is open for comments and into the comment process.
Go to Regulations.gov:
- Fill in the “Search” field with the Docket ID and either hit enter or click on “Search.”
- On the search results page, you will see the title of the docket you want to comment on and there will be a comment icon below it. Click on the icon.
- The comment page will load, and all you need to do is scroll down until you see the form for you to fill in and submit your comments to the agency.
- You only have to fill out the field with the red asterisk beside it. All other fields are optional – so you can file comments anonymously if you want to.
- Once you have filled out all fields with the personal information, if you choose to provide it, and have typed your comments in the “General Comments” box, you simply scroll down and hit the “Next step” button.
- You will then be able to scroll down, preview your comments and either click on the “Cancel/Exit,” “Edit,” “Print” or “Submit” button.
Of course, submitting comments electronically via the internet isn’t your only option. You can still:
- Fax comments with the Docket ID number, not the Document ID, to 202-493-2251;
- Mail comments with the Docket ID number, not the Document ID, to:
Docket Management Facility
U.S. Department of Transportation
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590-0001
- Or hand deliver comments between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except on federal holidays to the ground floor of the U.S. Department of Transportation building, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
The Association opposes mandatory speed limiters because they are dangerous for all highway users. The federal proposal is based on unfounded data that will likely detract from highway safety. In actuality, highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed.
If you still have questions after you’ve reviewed the info at FightingForTruckers.com, feel free to call OOIDA at 800-444-5791 if you need additional assistance.
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