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Saturday, May 15, 2021

ATA having second thoughts on Speed Limiters

The American Trucking Associations has been one of the trucking industry’s biggest proponents for a mandate requiring the use of speed governors on commercial trucks; however, the association says the current proposed rule is insufficient to ensure the safety of all vehicles. Chris Spear, president and CEO of ATA, issued the following statement late last week.

“After review and thorough, thoughtful consideration by its members at its recent board meeting, ATA is preserving our pro-safety policy on speed limiters, set forth in our 2006 petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Despite ATA’s decade-old, pro-safety policy on speed, the new joint rule-making from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Administration proposes a menu of three speed options for commercial trucks, not one. It provides insufficient data and fails to make a recommendation regarding which of the three proposed speeds it believes is best and why. Most disconcerting is the fact that DOT’s new rule-making does not address the differentials in speed that would exist between any of the three proposed national speed limits for trucks and the speed laws of multiple states, allowing passenger vehicles to travel at much higher speeds than commercial trucks. This lack of data and direction only elevates the safety risks to the motoring public.

“A mandate for a one-size-fits-all speed limiter will squelch innovation in technologies to enhance safety and accommodate not only highways but potentially secondary roads and beyond.

“Last month, ATA requested that DOT provide an additional 30 days to the public comment period, allowing more time to solicit member views on the rule-making and assemble data that underscores the associated risks that this rule-making would have on safety. ATA will then prepare its formal comments, fully illustrating the flaws of this proposed rule-making, which we will not support as currently drafted.”