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Regulating Truck Drivers Through Speed Limiters

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Truck drivers are reaching the boiling point when it comes to more government regulations overseeing their profession.  As 2011 becomes known as the “Year of Safety,” drivers see it as a year of complicated bureaucracy making what is already a tough life even tougher.  Next on the agenda . . . speed limiters for all heavy-duty trucks.

On October 20, 2006, the American Trucking Association (ATA) submitted a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting that the agency initiate rulemaking to amend the Federal motor vehicle safety standards to require vehicle manufacturers to install a device to limit the speed of trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 26,000 pounds to no more than 68 miles per hour.

The ATA was joined by the safety advocacy group, Road Safe America and nine motor carriers which consists of Schneider National, C.R. England, H.O. Wolding, ATS Intermodal, DART Transit Company, J.B. Hunt Transport, U.S. Xpress, Covenant Transport, and Jet Express.  The NHTSA plans to initiate the rulemaking process on this issue with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2012.  A complete explanation of the document details can be read at the website.

It is important to note that you can voice your concern over this proposed document through the comment submission page.

When considering the new CSA rules and regulations to improve safety and reduce fatal accidents, there should be given a time frame to determine if these new regulations have proven to be successful.  By implementing speed limiters, it suggests that the element of CSA which encourages and measures drivers in the basic area of Driver Safety, is not sufficient or adequate.  Are drivers not responsible enough to follow the new laws and regulations? Are they not professionals?  Does this mean that CSA is already being projected as unsuccessful in its original goal to create safer drivers, companies, and highways?

Points for the NHTSA to consider:

  • Possibility that fatal truck accidents can actually be caused by the use of speed limiters.  FMCSA studies should be conducted showing the comparison of high speed fatal truck accidents (without speed limiters) vs. fatal truck accidents involving the use of speed limiters.
  • Better company CDL training programs mandated and enforced to ensure new drivers are safe and responsible.  Trainers should remain in passenger seat at all times observing trainee behavior and not sleeping in the birth.
  • The ATA has stated repeatedly, especially during their arguments involving the new hours of service proposal, that fatal truck crashes have been reduced significantly in the last few years.
  • If speed limits are no longer considered safe, then perhaps it is the speed limits themselves that need to be re-evaluated rather than placing speed limiters on certain commercial vehicles.  This would also address the need to reduce fuel consumption and fuel emissions for ALL vehicles, not just heavy trucks.  It would also prevent a speed differential between trucks and cars, which JB HUNT has stated, “This speed differential may cause a safety hazard…”
  • CSA, better driver training, PSP driver profiles for hiring, higher wages, and well rested drivers will create the safest roads…. not more regulations.  Regulations are just the quick fix to divert from the more deep rooted problems of the trucking industry.

Truth About Trucking “LIVE” discussed Speed Limiters – Possible New Mandate for Truckers on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 on the popular internet talk radio show :

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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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7 Responses to Regulating Truck Drivers Through Speed Limiters. - Post a Comment

  1. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    I wish DOT would post these proposed regulations at the entrance of the truck stops! That way drivers would be more aware of what is going on. As most drivers are not aware of this because they don’t put it in the newspapers. And the trucking companies aren’t notifying their drivers of what is going on. Plus most drivers still don’t use the internet to keep up with their profession. If they really wanted the drivers opinion this would be the best way to do it! We are losing the bureaucratic battle! They are winning by default because most are unaware of what is taking place.

  2. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    All it would take is to post it at the driver entrance at the truck stop with a phone number to call to voice opinion and/or vote!

  3. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    Oh, but I forgot! they don’t get no money from us lowly truck drivers. So they really don’t care what we think. They just listen to the money! I filed a complaint as to a FMCSA law against 2 companies. It has been 6 weeks, and they have yet to give me an answer or enforce the law against the companies. We’re just dirty ole truck drivers and most don’t even vote!

  4. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    I still don’t feel no better after spinning my wheels !;<)

  5. 1/13/11 « CH Robinson News

    […] Regulating Truck Drivers Through Speed Limiters Ask The Trucker: 1/12/11 Truck drivers are reaching the boiling point when it comes to more government regulations overseeing their profession. As 2011 becomes known as the “Year of Safety,” drivers see it as a year of complicated bureaucracy making what is already a tough life even tougher. Next on the agenda . . . speed limiters for all heavy-duty trucks. […]

  6. Russ Nice

    This is BS.. Get a real job and leave the Truckers alone, they are professionals. It’s way more dangerous to have All trucks going the same speed. Hey how many car accidents to 18 wheeler accidents is there? Oh a car can go 140 mph down the road and that’s ok by YOU..!?

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