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Truckers Fighting Speed Limiter Regulation


Truckers Fighting Speed Limiter Regulation

Speed Limiter

Speed Limiter

Speed Limiter






If drivers do not want Speed Limiters on heavy trucks from becoming another law, then they will need to do something.

As professional truck drivers, we are aware of how unsafe speed limiters can be. Now, it’s our job as professional drivers to educate and inform others:

  1. Speed limiters are unsafe when sharing our highways with motorists, specifically, concerns with car–truck speed differential.

2. We need to request additional Speed Limiter Studies which would address the major concerns professional drivers have with SL’s.  So far it does not appear that adequate studies addressing  safety risks of speed limiters have been conducted.

Speed Limiter Review

Heavy Truck Speed Limiting Devices  Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)



OOIDA-Speed Limiters It has been concluded that the data utilized in FMCSA’s study did not find a statistical significance in reduction of crashes due to speed limiters.

2008 Safety Impacts of Speed Limiter Device Installations on Commercial Trucks and Buses

2012 Research on the Safety Impacts of Speed Limiter Device Installations on Commercial Motor Vehicles: Phase II

Today we are facing efforts to place into law a DOT final rule for Speed Limiters. If drivers sit back and DO NOTHING, they will have to accept the outcome and not complain.

MAY 2016-Speed Limiters- Where we are NOW

  • H.R.2577 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

    Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., introduced an amendment to the Senate version of the transportation funding bill that, if signed into law, would direct the Department of Transportation to produce a final rule mandating speed limiters on trucks within six months of the bill being signed into law.

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga

    The amendment is part of the Senate version of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.

    Amends: H.R.2577 , S.AMDT.3896
    Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (submitted 5/18/2016) (proposed 5/18/2016)

    To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue a final rule requiring the use of speed limiting devices on heavy trucks not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.


    The following feedback was sent to me on Facebook by Ricky Brown, Owner of Ricky Brown Trucking, regarding Speed Limiters. I’d like to share it with everyone.

    Regulating Truck Drivers Through Speed Limiters

    Ricky Brown of Ricky Brown Trucking

    Ricky Brown of Ricky Brown Trucking

    There are 5,600,000 tractor trailers on the roads in the US. Imagine all 5,600,000 not capable of running over 65 mph. Some carrying 5,000 lbs, some carrying 45,000 lbs. This will create a logjam on Interstate highways, making it very difficult to pass. Cars are going to love this. Trucks as far as the eye can see. Running side by side for miles.

    Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson tacked an amendment onto a routine spending bill that would require the Department of Transportation to issue a rule mandating all commercial trucks be mechanically speed limited within six months of the bill’s final passage. As Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has previously reported, a proposed speed limiter rule has been stuck within the Administration potentially because the numbers surrounding speed limiters simply aren’t adding up. There is no sound science indicating they make highways any safer. Additionally, there is reason to believe the costs of the potential rule far outweigh any benefits.


    The Isakson amendment actually undermines safety, as all leading highway research shows that speed limiters create dangerous speed differentials on our nation’s highways. They also cause drivers to have less control of the truck during critical times when speed is needed to prevent certain types of crashes.

    The measure sets a dangerous precedent since there has not been a hearing in the Senate or House of Representatives on speed limiters. Furthermore, the recent passage of the FAST Act requires that all proposed Federal Rules must be based on the best science available, examine the impact on various segments of the industry including small businesses, and consider cheaper alternatives.

    In addition to the lack of evidence that supports the necessity of this bill to improve safety, there will be a financial burden to the trucking industry that will inevitably be passed on to consumers.

    I urge you to consider or reconsider this Amendment in the most stringent light and vote NO. Every bill passed by Congress often has negative unintended consequences that are never even considered during the debate process. The potential negative consequences of this Bill over-ride the effect that the bill is attempting to correct.

    Easier than Ever to Write your Representatives 

    This amendment tack-on is another prime example of why bills should be independently submitted, debated, and passed or vetoed. I urge you to take a responsible step in championing this change in procedures so that the American people will not be railroaded by cleverly hidden amendments that become Law by being passed on the back of larger legislation.

    Ricky Brown- Ricky Brown Trucking

    United States Senate Committee on Appropriations

    Subcommittee Members: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

    Congressional phone number
    You can call the Capitol switchboard operator at 202-224-3121 to be transferred to any representative’s or senator’s office. All you have to do is provide the operator your home ZIP code.

    Write your Representatives 



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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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2 Responses to Truckers Fighting Speed Limiter Regulation. - Post a Comment

  1. Andrew Story

    That is BS, I’ve driven in area’s were they are required by law and they don’t do shit. More often it causes cars to cut us off even more and cause accidents were they try to blame the trucker.

    I’ve been a few times tempted to pull mine and smash it because of the problems it causes. This jerk needs to get out of his office and see what’s really out there. Including harassment from the DOT and the police.

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