In 1973, President Nixon imposed a 55-MPH nationwide limit across the country in response to the oil crisis. Once again, Congress is debating if this rule should come back into play. Although driving 55 MPH only saves 2% of our fuel usage, Senator John Warner of Virginia is asking Congress to go back to the nationwide 55 MPH limit.
My belief is that it will not happen. I find it interesting that these leaders never consider what impact a move like this has on our nations drivers. Already struggling to get the miles they need to pay the bills and feed their families, forcing them to drive 55 would only cut down on the miles they could receive in a day’s work. Somehow I wish these Senators and Congressmen could receive their salaries based on cents per mile, and then see how fast they would implement such a ridiculous rule.
Nationally, truckers are showing an interest in setting a nationwide speed limit, but not for 55, but for 65 MPH. They could live with 65, but 55? The double nickle is simply too slow and causes too much congestion between the big rigs and the four wheelers. No matter what the speed limit is, there will always be those who run above it, but at 65 MPH perhaps we could see a drop in fuel prices even at a 2% fuel usage savings. I could live with 65.
The last time this went into effect was in 1974 and lasted until 1995. The world revolves at a much faster pace now . . . can we live our lives now at some snails pace of 55 MPH? I don’t think so . . . and for what my opinion is worth . . . I don’t believe this “new” rule will ever get off the ground again. However, with Congress, anything is possible!
Aubrey “Allen” Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. An expert in Motor Carrier Transportation, he is the host of the talk radio show, “Truth About Trucking “LIVE.” His information has helped thousands of students and new drivers understand the scams of the trucking industry and has shown better opportunities in trucking careers.
© 2008, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.