NY Senator Calls For Speed Limiting Devices On Trucks

Dallas, 12/19/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Anyone who has ever had a semi-truck breathing down their neck on the highway knows how terrifying it can be. Semi operators are frequently under pressure to make deliveries on a tight schedule. Their livelihood depends on getting from point A to point B within a specific timeframe. In some cases, this can cause them to exceed the speed limit, which puts everyone on the road at risk of being seriously hurt in a semi-truck accident.

For New York Senator Chuck Schumer, speed-limiting devices could be one way to cut down on semi-truck accidents. Schumer has stated that 70 percent of commercial carriers already use the technology. The American Trucking Association also says that speed causes 29 percent of fatal truck crashes.

Schumer has introduced proposed legislation that would make the devices mandatory for certain trucks.

If installed, the speed-limiting devices would prevent semi-trucks weighing 26,000 pounds or more from exceeding a speed limit set by the federal government. Currently, federal lawmakers have not yet determined what that speed limit would be. Possible options include setting the speed limit for trucks at 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour.

However, some truck drivers disagree that speed-limiting devices will help cut down on accidents. According to some drivers who have been on the road for up to 40 years, lawmakers should focus more on other motorists, especially those who text and drive.

Deadline for Rulemaking Extended

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced they are extending the deadline for public comments regarding the speed-limiting devices rule until December 7, 2016.

The federal agency said they pushed the deadline back due to a large influx of comments from individuals and organizations interested in the proposed rule. So far, over 1,500 commenters have weighed in on the speed-limiting device rule.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has also stated that speed-limiting devices could save up to $1.1 billion in fuel costs every year. Anyone can comment on the proposed rule through December 7 by visiting FederalRegister.gov.

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