Carriers call for speed limiters, OOIDA in opposition

| 9/19/2006

Nine major U.S. motor carriers and the special-interest group Road Safe America are petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to activate speed limiters at 68 mph on all heavy trucks. However, an official proposal could still be years away, critics say.

Schneider National, J.B. Hunt Transport, C.R. England, Covenant Transport and Dart Transit Co. are among those promoting speed limiters on Class 7 and Class 8 trucks manufactured after 1990.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has opposed mandatory speed limiters since carriers in Canada began making proposals in 2005. The American Trucking Association followed by calling for the OEMs to activate speed limiters at the point of manufacture.

The recent maneuver by the motor carriers is only the latest attempt to get a regulation in place, OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Rick Craig told Land Line Magazine.

Craig said any petition to the FMCSA, if accepted, would have to undergo a lengthy review process.

“We will wait to see if FMCSA accepts the petition,” Craig said. “If it is accepted, there will be plenty of time for public comments, and if that time comes, we will let our membership know to take up a strong opposition.”

– By David Tanner, staff writer