Speed limiter proposal on the move at administration level

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | 8/15/2014

A federal proposal to require speed limiters on all heavy trucks and buses has advanced to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimate their joint proposal could be published before the end of the year.

OOIDA opposes a government mandate for speed limiters in part because governing trucks creates speed differentials among vehicle classes and leads to more vehicle interactions.

Initiated in March 2011, the federal notice of proposed rulemaking by NHTSA responds to a petition by the American Trucking Associations and Roadsafe America to cap the top speed of newly manufactured trucks at 68 mph.

FMCSA joined the process in May 2013 by adding a retrofit provision for existing trucks.

The NHTSA and FMCSA notices are technically separate, but their dates are synched up to advance simultaneously. Both agencies submitted their proposals to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation on Aug. 8, and both target a publication date of Dec. 12, 2014.

Once an NPRM is published, the federal agencies are required to open a public comment period – in this case for 90 days.

OOIDA has filed comments against government-mandated speed limiters at various stages since ATA and Roadsafe America filed their petitions in 2006.

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