GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association has voiced its opinion to two government agencies about the proposed mandate that would require speed limiting devices on large trucks.
The OOIDA claims that doing so would make highways less safe because of research that shows speed differentials cause an increased chance of crashes.
A letter was sent to both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration as they prepare to submit a draft rule to the Office of Management and Budget. The rule is projected to be published on July 27.
The OOIDA attached to its letter, extensive research showing that uniform highway speeds are safest, while speed differentials increase the risk of crashes. The association asked that the agencies fully consider the studies and data before setting a policy that would create a dangerous, split-speed environment on US highways.
In the letter, OOIDA says it does not condone speeding or unsafe driving habits and instead strongly encourages trucks to follow state laws and federal regulations.