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DOT and ATA Agree on Solving Problem Of Speed

by Jake Tully - Published: 8/29/2016
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It's official - the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Trucking Association have come together to agree on a major point in the industry - those who operate trucks and buses ought to slow down.

This past Friday saw a new proposal which limits the speed of trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles weighing 26,000-plus pounds to somewhere in the 60 - 68 miles per hour range.

According to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, the restrictions are not an arbitrary move, as they are proposed in hopes of continuing safety on the road as well as increasing the environmental awareness of the transportation industry.

“In addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a win for safety, energy conservation, and our environment,” said Foxx.

A push for greater safety on the road have been the long time ambitions of interest groups such as The Advocates For Highway and Auto Safety, who have made a push for speed limitations since the early 1990's.

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The AFHAS reports that they feel speed limiters are an available option for large trucks who disobey speed limits altogether.

While the AFHAS proposes that speed for these vehicles should be capped at 60 mph, The ATA agrees upon a 65 mph cap with use of speed limiters. The once resistant figure of the trucking industry has begun to side with these outside organizations and federal groups on the issue of safety.


“Speed is a factor in a third of all vehicle crashes and 23 percent of all truck crashes,” said ATA spokesperson, Sean McNally. “So slowing our vehicles down can have tremendous safety benefits.”

While there has been no immediate decision made in regards to changes in the speed limit, such restrictions would affect big rigs, several types of buses, garbage trucks, and other large work trucks falling into the 26,000 - plus weight range.


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Andrew Kelly
Andrew Kelly
Something else they failed to mention 70% or so of all accidents involving a truck the passenger vehicle is the one at fault...why?? because the 4wheeler is speeding to get around and in front of us daily...fuckin morons
Betty Winters Martinez
Betty Winters Martinez
Your right
George G. Sheldon III
George G. Sheldon III
Why don't they put speed limiters on all cars????
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
High speed truck accidents are unheard of. Speed To Fast For Conditions or To Fast To Avoid a Collision are a problem. BUT!!!! A Speed Limiter or a "Speed Cap" won't fix that. It's time we deal with what's behind the wheel. Instead of plugging in more and more electronic gizmos in front of the wheel.
Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell
Oh good have the trucks go at a slower speed than the cars. More accidents, you morons.
Kevin Miner
Kevin Miner
You think truck traffic causes a problem now...just wait....
Kevin Miner
Kevin Miner
Anytime the ata stands behind something it is sold to the general motoring public as "safer", when in reality the ata sees it as a way for large trucking companies to increase profits....
Nelson Henry
Nelson Henry
Stupid this is only make things worse dumb assess. Speed is not the problem it's the dumb ass drivers get rid of them.
Brian Prattico
Brian Prattico
The only thing positive about speed limiters is the bottom line for Swift Werner Knight England Schiender fuck em all
JC Rocha
JC Rocha
ATA trying to cut down the competition?? Or safety? Hmmm which one could it be.. 🤔
Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey
This is bs slow the damn cars down
Betty Winters Martinez
Betty Winters Martinez
No
Mark Davis
Mark Davis
Another cut in pay. Marvelous..... Young people remember these words: Government is not the solution. Government is the problem.