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DOT Proposes New Speed Limiter Rule

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Freightliners may soon be limited on how fast they can travel.

When we see a fancy sports car racing down the highway, weaving in and out of traffic, it’s tempting to wish that they had a limit on how fast their vehicle can go. While there are no speed limiters implemented in regular cars and trucks, there will soon be speed limiters in freightliners. This is not because truck drivers drive erratically. It’s quite the opposite: the lower speed implemented on these trucks is aimed at decreasing the damage inflicted in an accident and giving expert truck drivers more reaction time to gain control of the vehicle.

About the New Speed Limiter Rule

On August 26, a notice of the proposed speed limiter rule was posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The speed limiter would be built into all new trucks that weigh over 26,000 pounds and would limit a truck’s maximum speed. Several maximum speeds have been proposed, ranging from 60 mph to 68 mph. The limiter would be able to read the current speed as well as the previous two speeds through the onboard diagnostic connection. The responsibility for the upkeep of the limiter would be on the owner of the truck.

The issue of limiting the speeds of heavy trucks is not a new one. In 2006, the American Trucking Associations petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to implement speed limiters that would limit a truck’s top speed to no more than 65 mph. After reviewing data, the agencies confirmed that slower speeds would decrease the severity of crashes, and the speed limit NPRM was finally initiated in May of 2013, finally being proposed as a rule this August.

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