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
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.
OOIDA CALL TO ACTION SPEED LIMITERS
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.
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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
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