Speed limiter rule proposed by feds

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Updated Aug 31, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation Aug. 26 released a proposed rule that would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices (also known as speed governors or speed limiters), but the regulatory body did not propose a speed to which trucks would be limited.

The DOT appears to be leaning toward 60 mph, 65 mph and 68 mph as the potential limited speed, given the analysis on those speeds released within the rule.

The DOT is seeking public comment on the rule for 60 days following its official publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for next week sometime. What the limited speed for heavy-duty trucks would be is one aspect of the proposal the DOT is seeking feedback on during the public comment period. The other key element on which regulators seek industry feedback is whether the mandate should apply only to new trucks or to all trucks.
It will use comments submitted by trucking industry stakeholders and others when developing the final iteration of the rule.

The rule is being developed as a joint initiative between the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.