Should the Government Limit the Speed of Semi-Trailers?

30
August
2016
The government has an unexpected ally in 68 mph truck speed limit push.
 
In Lubbock, we value our freedom, but we also value the safety of our family. When the government decides to pass a new law, you can bet there is going to be a hearty debate over it on both sides!
 
On August 26, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a new regulation for tractor-trailers, and any vehicles with a gross weight rating over 26,000 pounds. These large commercial vehicles must be equipped with a device to limit their speed (60, 65, or 68mph are in discussion as possible limits).
 
"This is basic physics," said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. "Even small increases in speed have large effects on the force of impact. Setting the speed limit on heavy vehicles makes sense for safety and the environment."
 
American Trucking Association (ATA) and Road Safe America (RSA) both agree, and have been pushing for these exact regulations for years. Speeding trucks are extremely dangerous if they become out of control, especially to smaller vehicles sharing the road, but even, in some cases, to homes!
 
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), however, is opposed. According to the organization, limiters will cause truckers to speed more, in lower-speed areas, to make up for lost time, and could cause dangerous speed differentials if trucks cannot keep up with flow-of-traffic.
 
What do you think? Come debate with us as you test drive our pre-owned cars and trucks from our large inventory--or submit your comments where they'll be counted at www.regulations.gov!
 
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