ATA re-emphasizes need for speed limiters on trucks


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Arlington, VA – The American Trucking Associations continues to push for a federal standard that would require electronic speed-limiting devices on all large trucks to prevent the trucks from traveling faster than 65 mph.

ATA originally petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the rule in 2006. NHTSA announced in 2011 that it would begin the rulemaking process and planned to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking in 2012.

“We waited patiently until the government finally said in January 2011 they would move ahead with a speed limiter mandate, but this commonsense regulation has been mired in bureaucracy for over four years now,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said in a press release. “It is long past time for NHTSA and FMCSA to move ahead with this rule.”

Slowing trucks can help decrease the number of crashes and their severity, ATA states.