Groups seek more time to comment on speed limiters

Updated Sep 18, 2016

Two major trucking industry organizations are asking the federal government for more time to respond to a proposed rule that would regulate the speed of most trucks.

The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have filed separate requests with U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx asking him to extend the formal comment period on the recently published proposal to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

OOIDA has asked the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to double the comment period from 60 days to 120 days. ATA requested a 30-day extension, which would give carriers until Dec. 7 to file comments.

The proposed rule would require trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds to use a speed governor that limits truck speeds to an undetermined speed, likely 60, 65 or 68 mph.

NHTSA and FMCSA published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Sept. 7, initiating the 60-day public comment period.

See more details at Commercial Carrier Journal.