Newly Introduced Bill Would Require “Speed Limiters” In Big Rigs

Washington D.C. – The push to require speed limiters in commercial trucks is back on after bi-partisan legislation was introduced into the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would do just that.

According to a release, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, (R-GA) and Chris Coons, (D-DE), introduced the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019, S.2033.

The legislation would require all new commercial trucks with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more to be equipped with speed-limiting devices, which must be set to a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and be used at all times while in operation.

 

The maximum speed requirement would also be extended to existing trucks that already have the technology installed.

Trucks without speed limiters will not be forced to retroactively install the technology, the release said.

“The majority of trucks on our roads already have speed-limiting technology built in, and the rest of the technologically advanced world has already put them to use to ensure drivers follow safe speeds,” said Isakson. “This legislation would officially enforce a long-awaited speed limit of 65 mph on large trucks and reduce the number of preventable fatalities on our busy roadways.”

“I am pleased to introduce legislation with him that will help reduce accidents on our roadways by requiring the use of speed limiting technology in large trucks – a step that many companies have already taken to promote safety and fuel efficiency,” Coons said.


RECENT ARTICLES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
MEGA-CARRIER SAFETY GROUP RENEWS CALL FOR ELDS, SPEED LIMITERS, AND MORE
LARGE TRUCK-INVOLVED CRASH DEATHS ON THE RISE… WHO IS MORE LIKELY AT-FAULT?

The legislation also establishes that all large trucks manufactured after the effective date will be equipped with speed-limiting technology.

Further, within six months of enactment, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) must establish standards and rules to ensure that the speed-limiting technology on large trucks is accurate and that the trucks adhere to a maximum speed no faster than 65 mph.

 

Supporters of the legislation argue the “speed-limiter rule” would have minimal cost, as most heavy trucks already have these devices installed, although some vehicles do not have the 65 mph limit set.

Further, supporters point to DOT findings that the rule would decrease the estimated 1,115 fatal crashes a year involving vehicles with a weight of 26,000 pounds or more on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or more.

Trucking industry stakeholders such as the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the Trucking Alliance are listed as supporters of the legislation.

Others supporting the measure include: Road Safe America, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, Parents Against Tired Truckers, and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Stay with TransportationNation.com for more reaction from around the industry on this developing story.

 


RECENTLY RELATED
FMCSA SETS NEW TARGET DATE TO RELEASE HOS REFORM PROPOSAL
FMCSA ANNOUNCES NEW PROPOSAL TO “STREAMLINE” CDL TESTING PROCESS

 


FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER FOR MORE TRUCKING NEWS!


 

If you enjoyed this article, please help us grow by sharing it. Thank you!

Comment (7)

  1. Sure in the Hell is not gonna make a difference compare to people who can’t read signs and people cutting you off and slamming on their brakes in front of you after cutting you off, Pretty much Socialism! So 4 wheelers should have a Set speed as well they should only 65 as well, Then maybe them assholes won’t cause the accidents that you think are the Professional Drivers Fault! it’s just gonna cause more accidents, you wait and see! 4 wheelers get pissed because you have to semi’s trying to pass each other going the same speed and holding up traffic!

  2. Damn senators/ politicians won’t mess withy govenor.lets turn their vehicles down.. passing us in no passing zones,then make a sudden left turn.. common sense…but one thing I can and will vote politicians/lawmakers get a job and do something useful.

  3. Big Mistake. If cars go faster than big trucks then you have merging problems on the highways.
    Everyone knows that big trucks block the view for 4wheelers and that they will zoom out past a big rig just to get ahead and that causes accidents. Line of sight stuff.
    Now you want to limit the speed of a big rig and that will cause more congestion out here. Imagine this; 2 big trucks trying to pass each other going the same 65mph? Really?

  4. This is not a good idea. At some point, government regulators are going to have to understand that none of this will reduce accidents. The ELDs aren’t either. Its a personal responsibility of drivers on the road to drive safely, get rest, and not work while tired. None of this ELD stuff has reduced accidents or speed limiters have reduced accidents. Want to know why? Because the government keeps finding ways to limit pay or put a cap on it without compensating when they are cutting drive time and speed. If you’re going to do that, make it mandatory that companies pay for on-duty unloading, loading time, 34hour breaks, and waiting for load time. We are UP WAITING the majority of the time. We are also away from our families and we aren’t not working away from home NOT TO GET PAID!

  5. I’ve been driving for 23 years pulling pneumatic tankers in Cali. I have just about had it with the strict policies, regulations, laws, mandates, city ordinances etc.!!! Did you know if a police officer shoots someone dead on the job, they do not get a post incident drug test? That’s right, a cop can be hopped up on cocaine and shoot someone yet no questions asked about drug use. A trucker darts in the wrong place and it’s jail time and a fine! I think it’s about time for the so called smart state of California to take care of me while I sit on my ass at home! If these ungrateful bastards don’t like what I haul in my truck then you better talk to Elon Musk and you better do it quick. These trucks aren’t going to load and offload themselves at the construction site!!

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS



Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
Loading...