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NHTSA considers trucker slow-down rule
By Insure.com staff

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering a new federal rule requiring manufacturers to install governing devices in new heavy trucks that limit speeds to 68 miles per hour.

Responding to petitions from the American Trucking Associations, Road Safe America and a group of nine motor carriers, which asked that speed-limiting devices on newly manufactured trucks over 26,000 pounds be required, the NHTSA said it will study requested actions and alternatives through 2012 to determine whether to issue the rule.

Advocates point to safety

Proponents say the rule would make highways safer. In comments to the administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the mandate would save lives and money. According to the institute, 97 percent of people who die in crashes involving heavy trucks are occupants of passenger vehicles. Costly accidents drive up auto insurance rates.

Many trucking fleets already use onboard electronic speed-control devices. In comments to the administration supporting the proposed rule, Schneider National Inc. said most of its trucks have been limited to 65 miles per hour since 1996. According to crash data for its fleet, vehicles without speed limiters accounted for 40 percent of the company's serious collisions but only 17 percent of the company's total miles.

Indies oppose 68 mph rule

Opponents include the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Truckload Carriers Association. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said speed limiting devices would not impact crashes in areas where the posted speed limit for trucks is 65 miles per hour or below. It said major trucking companies with speed-limited vehicles wanted the rule so they could compete for drivers with independent operations that don't use speed-limiting devices on trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering a new federal rule requiring manufacturers to install governing devices in new heavy trucks that limit speeds to 68 miles per hour.

Responding to petitions from the American Trucking Associations, Road Safe America and a group of nine motor carriers, which asked that speed-limiting devices on newly manufactured trucks over 26,000 pounds be required, the NHTSA said it will study requested actions and alternatives through 2012 to determine whether to issue the rule.

Advocates point to safety

Proponents say the rule would make highways safer. In comments to the administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the mandate would save lives and money. According to the institute, 97 percent of people who die in crashes involving heavy trucks are occupants of passenger vehicles. Costly accidents drive up auto insurance rates.

Many trucking fleets already use onboard electronic speed-control devices. In comments to the administration supporting the proposed rule, Schneider National Inc. said most of its trucks have been limited to 65 miles per hour since 1996. According to crash data for its fleet, vehicles without speed limiters accounted for 40 percent of the company's serious collisions but only 17 percent of the company's total miles.

Indies oppose 68 mph rule

Opponents include the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Truckload Carriers Association. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said speed limiting devices would not impact crashes in areas where the posted speed limit for trucks is 65 miles per hour or below. It said major trucking companies with speed-limited vehicles wanted the rule so they could compete for drivers with independent operations that don't use speed-limiting devices on trucks.

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