The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have submitted a proposal to lawmakers that would require commercial trucks to install speed limiting technology that will prevent them from traveling over 60-65 miles per hour. According to the FMCSA, speeding is the major cause of accidents involving commercial trucks, and installing speed limiters could greatly reduce the number of fatal truck accidents.
The FMCSA reports that over 4,000 fatalities occurred in the year 2014 when commercial trucks and large buses were involved in collisions with passenger vehicles. The proposal suggests trucks be limited to a top speed between 60-68 miles per hour. The American Trucking Association (ATA) argues that putting a cap on speeds for the trucking industry will lead to more dangerous road conditions as passenger vehicles traveling at speeds above 65 mph will attempt to pass trucks more often.
The ATA supports the proposal to limit speeds for all vehicles, but believes the top speed should apply to all motorists on the roads. A spokesperson for the ATA said that varying state speed limits will prevent drivers of passenger vehicles traveling at speeds over 70 mph from traveling safely behind them, or when passing them, which could result in an increase in rear end collisions.
Speed Limiters May Save Lives, Money
Traffic safety regulators claim that reducing the speed limits on commercial vehicles will not only reduce the likelihood of collisions, but would also save an estimated one billion dollars in fuel charges every year. While lawmakers wait for public comment on the proposed change, the ATA is asking them to consider capping the maximum speed for all drivers to 65 mph. They believe that large trucks are safest when traveling with traffic, maintaining the same speed as passenger vehicles, buses, and other commercial trucks. By amending the proposal to include a maximum speed for all vehicles, the benefits of reduced accidents and fuel savings increase.
The current proposal calls for top speeds of 60, 65, or 68 mph. Statistics from the NHTSA show that collisions between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles result in serious and often fatal injuries to those in cars, vans, and passenger trucks. The weight of commercial trucks often exceeds two tons, and in relation to the size and design of most passenger vehicles, it is those traveling in the smaller vehicles that suffer the greatest and most devastating consequences of the impact in a collision.
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