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For Immediate Release

Trucking leaders against dangerous mandate for speed limiting devices on large trucks

A national association of small-business truckers says the government’s proposal to mandate speed limiting devices on large trucks would be dangerous for all highway users. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, says such devices create speed differentials that lead to more crashes and promote road rage among other motorists.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking. It would require U.S. trucks larger than 26,000 pounds and ECU equipped, approximate model year 2000 and newer, be set at a maximum speed of 60 or 65 or 68 miles per hour. The notice says the agency will consider other speeds based on public input.

“Highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed,” said Todd Spencer. “This wisdom has always been true and has not ever changed.”

The Association also points out that speed limit devices actually take control out of the hands of drivers in that there are a number of scenarios that require drivers to accelerate in order to avoid danger.

“No technology can replace the safest thing to put in a truck, which is a well-trained driver,” concluded Spencer.

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