Truck speed-limiter rule delayed

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The White House Office of Management and Budget has extended its review period for a final rule that would, if enacted, require all heavy trucks to have speed limiters. The extension pushes back the timeline for publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.

Submitted to OMB for review on May 19, the joint final rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration responds to a 2006 petition from the American Trucking Associations and Roadsafe America seeking a speed-limiter mandate on all heavy trucks.

NHTSA originated the rulemaking and holds jurisdiction over new vehicles and technologies rolling off the assembly line. FMCSA later joined the rulemaking to apply the possible mandate to all trucks engaged in interstate commerce, since most if not all trucks manufactured since 1995 have the capability to be limited via computer settings.

OOIDA opposes a government mandate on this issue, pointing to research that contradicts FMCSA’s “safety benefits” of speed limiters. For one, speed limiters would force a speed differential between heavy trucks and other vehicles using the highways. That would lead to more vehicle interactions, unsafe maneuvering and crashes, a study of speed differentials shows.

The two federal agencies had projected that their final rule would be published in August, triggering another comment period. On or about Tuesday, Sept. 1, OMB notified stakeholders that it was extending the review period. No reason was given.

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