Feds looking to limit heavy truck speeds

Jan. 5, 2011
To propose truck speed limiters

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will propose requiring speed limiters on heavy trucks after trucking groups asked for the regulation.

NHTSA said it would grant petitions from American Trucking Associations and Road Safe America to require manufacturers to install devices that would limit heavy truck speeds to 68 mph.

“[NHTSA] believes that these petitions merit further consideration through the agency’s rulemaking process,” it said in a Federal Register notice Monday.

The agency said it will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking, which begins the process of issuing a regulation, in 2012.

American Trucking Associations and Road Safe America petitioned NHTSA in 2006 to require all trucks over 26,000 pounds to have speed limiters that prevent them from exceeding 68 mph.

RSA was joined by nine motor carriers in its petition which argued that limiters would reduce speed-related crashes involving trucks.

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