November 22, 2017

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#ATA Brakes on #SpeedGovernors @TRUCKINGdotORG

The American Trucking Associations has been one of the trucking industry’s biggest proponents

Source: Go By Truck by Staff

The American Trucking Associations has been one of the trucking industry’s biggest proponents for a mandate requiring the use of speed governors on commercial trucks; however, the association says the current proposed rule is insufficient to ensure the safety of all vehicles. Chris Spear, president and CEO of ATA, issued the following statement late last week.

“After review and thorough, thoughtful consideration by its members at its recent board meeting, ATA is preserving our pro-safety policy on speed limiters, set forth in our 2006 petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Despite ATA’s decade-old, pro-safety policy on speed, the new joint rulemaking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Administration proposes a menu of three speed options for commercial trucks, not one. It provides insufficient data and fails to make a recommendation regarding which of the three proposed speeds it believes is best and why. Most disconcerting is the fact that DOT’s new rulemaking does not address the differentials in speed that would exist between any of the three proposed national speed limits for trucks and the speed laws of multiple states, allowing passenger vehicles to travel at much higher speeds than commercial trucks. This lack of data and direction only elevates the safety risks to the motoring public. …(read more)

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