ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Associations (ATA), a proponent of legislation requiring heavy trucks to be speed-limited, has told the US Department of Transportation it will not endorse the proposed rule as written.
ATA president and CEO Chris Spear said in a statement that while ATA has promoted a policy on truck speed limits for a decade, the industry has concerns about the current proposal.
“Despite ATA’s decade-old, pro-safety policy on speed, the new joint rulemaking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Administration proposes a menu of three speed options for commercial trucks, not one,” Spear said.
“It provides insufficient data, and fails to make a recommendation regarding which of the three proposed speeds it believes is best and why. Most disconcerting is the fact that DOT’s new rulemaking does not address the differentials in speed that would exist between any of the three proposed national speed limits for trucks and the speed laws of multiple states – allowing passenger vehicles to travel at much higher speeds than commercial trucks. This lack of data and direction only elevates the safety risks to the motoring public. A mandate for a one-size-fits-all speed limiter will squelch innovation in technologies to enhance safety and accommodate not only highways, but potentially secondary roads and beyond.”
The ATA has already requested another 30 days be granted for public comments.
“ATA will then prepare its formal comments, fully illustrating the flaws of this proposed rulemaking, which we will not support as currently drafted,” Spear said.