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
– By David Tanner, staff writer