Truckers who reside and
vote in Indiana need to contact their elected representatives
and voice their concerns immediately. A bill raising the speed
limit for cars but not trucks was passed by a House committee
HB1308 was approved 11-2
by the Public Policy Committee. If the bill passes Senate debate
it would increase the legal speed limit from 55 to 60 mph on highways
and from 65 to 70 mph on interstates. The speed limits for tractor-trailers,
which are 55- and 60-mph, respectively, would not change.
Although HB1308 still faces
numerous hurdles, if the bill succeeds, it would create a ten
mph speed differential for professional truckers to deal with
when traveling on Indiana interstates. Indiana already has a five
mile differential on interstates.
Rep. David Wolkins, (R-Winona
Lake), is the bill's sponsor. A similar bill was defeated in 1999
on the Senate floor. The general number for the Indiana House of
Representatives is (317) 232-9600.