According to Reuters, a new regulation proposed on August 26, 2016 by the U.S. Transportation Department could require trucks and buses to be equipped with devices to limit their speed. The U.S. Transportation Department stated that the move could save both lives and fuel.
The department is considering speed limits of 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour for heavy commercial vehicles, but they will consider other speeds based on opinions of the public.
There are safety benefits to this proposed restriction. Along with saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a benefit to safety, energy conservation, and the environment.
The American Trucking Association is for the proposal and noted that it had petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2006 to require speed limit technology.
“Companies that already voluntarily use speed limiters have found significant safety, fuel efficiency, and equipment lifespan benefits with very little to no negative impact on productivity,” said Chris Spear, the American Trucking Association president.
Under this proposal, new U.S. trucks and buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds would have to be equipped with a speed-limiting device. The department stated that the maximum speed allowed would be determined after the agency receives input from the public.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which is a group that represents independent truckers and small business operators, mentioned that the proposed rule would take control out of the driver’s hands preventing them from being able to speed up to avoid danger, which is believed to create unsafe disparities in the speed of vehicles on highways.
Both vehicle manufacturers and the companies that purchase and operate the vehicles would be subject to the rule.