rigs driving through Tennessee might soon have to slow down. State
officials are discussing lowering the interstate speed limit for
large trucks as a way for counties to meet federal air quality standards,
according to local media.
state Air Pollution Control Board is recommending a series of changes,
including making the maximum speed for semis 55 mph, down from 70
mph, to reduce the amount of ozone-causing compounds going into
resolution also suggests banning truckers from idling engines for
long periods and requiring companies with government contracts to
use clean engine technology and fuel additives for heavy-duty equipment.
board is trying to bring Tennessee counties into compliance with
federal air quality rules that take effect in 2005.
to meet the new standards by 2007 could result in an end to industrial
expansion and large cuts in federal highway funding for the area.
board’s suggestions need study, especially the lower speed limit
for trucks, state Rep. Phillip Pinion, D-Union City, chairman of
the House Transportation Committee, told The Tennessean.
think it’s something we need to look at, but we don’t want to throw
the baby out with the bath water and impose something on truckers
until we know for sure that it would be of help,” Pinion said. “Trucks
move this country.”
state is a major artery for truckers, and lower speed limits would
affect the income of drivers and delay deliveries, Pinion said.
Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association said, “Tennessee truckers should embrace this
discussion as an opportunity to get better acquainted with state