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Nationwide 55 MPH Again?


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.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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