UPDATE: Truck speeds under review at Idaho statehouse

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 2/8/2012

Truckers interested in a push to do away with split speed limits on Idaho interstates must wait until next week to see what will happen next.

Idaho law now authorizes motorists to drive 75 mph on interstates while trucks are limited to 65 mph.

The Senate Transportation Committee was expected to take up consideration on Thursday, Feb. 9, a bill to rid the state of speed differentials by authorizing trucks to travel 75 mph.

A spokesperson for the panel told Land Line on Wednesday that discussion on the bill has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14. At that time, committee members are expected to once again discuss the issue.

During a Feb. 2 meeting the committee voted 5-4 to hold the bill that Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Hammond, the bill sponsor, said would improve safety for travelers.

“The primary issue that brought this forth was safety,” Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, told lawmakers. “I do believe it is appropriate.”

Despite the earlier setback, Hammond said he is not done fighting to make Idaho’s highways safer.

The bill is slated for reconsideration on Feb. 14. Hammond said it appears the bill’s only chance at advancing is tied to the promise it will be amended once it reaches the Senate floor.

“An amendment would shorten the gap by allowing trucks to go 70 mph,” Hammond told Land Line.

To help ensure the bill’s advancement OOIDA leadership welcomes the change.

“This change would more closely align permissible truck speed limits with those of vehicles that are currently at 75 mph,” OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said.

OOIDA encourages truckers to contact Senate Transportation Committee members about the bill – S1229.  The Association issued a Call to Action for Idaho truckers.

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