The federal government has proposed requiring electronic devices to limit the speed of all trucks and buses over 26,000 pounds manufactured after the regulation goes on the books. The speed could be established at between 60 mph and 68 mph.
Whoa! Slow down.
No, not necessarily the trucks, but the plan to restrict the speeds of trucks traveling on highways where the speed limit for cars is routinely 70 mph – and up to 80 mph in Idaho and Montana – doesn’t make sense.
It would seem that trucks, like cars, might need to go faster than the speed limit at times to avoid accidents. Traffic safety is dependent on human reactions.
Would the drivers of cars or light trucks feel comfortable have their vehicles regulated by a speed governor?
So it’s not surprising the reaction from many truck drivers has been negative. More than 150 people filed comments recently with the government about the proposed rule, which were unveiled last month by two federal agencies. There were only a few comments in favor, according to The Associated Press.
Federal regulators and others favoring governors say when trucks travel slower, the impact of a crash will be less severe and fewer people will be injured or killed.
In theory, that makes sense. And that is why there are speed limits.
But to electronically restrict the speed of trucks ignores the human element
Before the government imposes new rules, more study needs to take place looking at real-world conditions.
It’s time to pump the brakes on this plan.