Corp. Chairman and CEO William D. Zollars recently said he wants
speed limits for trucks capped at 65-mph, even if cars are allowed
to drive faster.
At a Washington,
DC, press conference, Zollars said he would ask more than 20
states to cut back their speed limits to the proposed 65-mph.
He also said he would divert part of the company's advertising
budget to promote the cause of highway safety.
executive vice president, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association: "The real issue regarding speed limits is
this -- there's no correlation between safe driving and what's
posted on a sign.
recognize that no one should exceed the posted limit, road conditions
such as weather, congestion and the speed of other vehicles
often determine safe road speed."
Spencer points out that studies have shown that safety is actually
compromised when there's one speed for trucks and another for
cars. "OOIDA would be vehemently opposed to any instance
where the speed for trucks is different from the speed for cars,"
it would be a mistake to think this new position has anything
much to do with safety. This is pure spin, or corporate double
talk, to advance a bigger and heavier truck agenda. A relative
handful of very large trucking companies hope to convince lawmakers
that longer combination vehicles with weights of 120,000 pounds
and more should be operating in every state. For these carriers
and their associates to be in a position to claim we run safe
and slow makes their position easier to sell -- even if it's
-- Dick Larsen, senior editor