DOT and ATA Agree on Solving Problem Of Speedby Jake Tully - Published: 8/29/2016
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.