WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is extending the comment period for its proposal to install speed limiters in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The comment period for the advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking is extended from June 3, 2022 to July 18, 2022.
The agency has so far received more than 12,100 comments on the Federal Register, many of which are against the proposal.
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“If you want more road rage and accidents make it mandatory for all trucks to do 65,” wrote Gary Bucher. “Only people that jump on a plane or a helicopter and don’t share the same shity roads with the peasants would think speed limiters are a good idea!”
Michael Palmer wrote: “If you limit all trucks to one set speed, lower than the speed of cars, you are likely to create a situation of having 2 trucks, side by side, traveling at their limited speed. Neither one being able to pass the other, creating a bottleneck of traffic. This bottleneck could cause an impatient driver of a car to take the shoulder the pass the trucks, which would be very unsafe. This will cause more safety concerns than it will fix.”
Additionally, the rule, if adopted, would affect CMVs “in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater, that are equipped with ECUs capable of governing the maximum speed be required to limit the CMV to a speed to be determined by the rulemaking and to maintain that ECU setting for the service life of the vehicle.”
The move is a follow-up to a 2016 joint proposal between the FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for CMV speed limiters.
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Making all the trucks one speed especially if dropped to 65 is a bad idea. Back when Covid started. You all were saying accidents dropped due to lack of 4 wheelers and big trucks weren’t restricted on speed. But now since you have a different agenda. Now you change what you’re saying and that’s big trucks cause the accidents and it’s due to speed which is totally not the case. When you sit back and wake up from your big comfy chair high up in that office and admit that these accidents and good portion of accidents are from cars. This speed thing is only about control and I feel like there’s a bigger end game to this than you all let on and I feel it’s about setting up your own infrastructure for self driving trucks and what not. Keeping all other trucks the same speed. I see way less patrol on highway giving trucks speeding tickets. Put more cops out there. We all 99 percent of the time obey the limits. I like my cruise on 72 in a 70 most times. Sometimes you gotta see 75-77 to quick speed up to go around a slow moving vehicle or one merging. But if trucks get turned back. Then all cars need set back too. Let everyone have a max speed of 65. Then we all should be safe since that’s what you’re claiming this will do if trucks get turned back.
Leave the trucks alone. You people say you’re for the drivers. You’re not. Trucks are what drive this company. At the end of the day it’s always about business. About money. About maximizing your profits. So you guys are a part of this to make sure you have control so you can control your money. Until you’ve pounded the pavement and do what we do. Then honestly you don’t get a say. Just like you forced elogs on most of the guys out here and guess what accidents never went down. Why do you think most drivers are in it to win it. Racing the clock. The HOS algorithm works in theory. This is why I still run paper so the nights I’m cruising and feel like doing 68 I can. I’m not racing the clock. Honestly take away the elogs and you’ll see drivers themselves drop the speed.
I think it’s a bad ideal you will have more rear-ended wrecks and more road rage cars all ready hate us this will make it worse but it will probably go into effect been driving for 50 yrs no bad accident’s
It would be interesting to see a study done on trucks set with the same speed. I know from personal experience that this causes a series or problems. Truck’s go faster or slower on hills (both up and downhills) depending on how heavy a load is. Go drive the 68 through west Virginia or the 70 in Colorado with same speed trucks with different loads and see what kind problems arise. Personally, – I would think that we would see more accidents as trucks use hills to pass each other with ol Georgia overdrive and trucks that are heavier glazing their brakes. Policies like this one are the reason I quit trucking. Go put in a 100k miles over the road before you put in a another rule, cause clearly you don’t understand how trucking works or have any clue as to what trucks do out there now to pass each other.
My point is this drivers. What’s the use of the fmcsa having a vote on the speed of the trucks when mostly all the 4 wheelers and truckers are on all these fmcsa truckers sites going against the regulations. If you are out number on your vote than why not leave it alone. We are in traffic jams a lot now across this country bc of slow moving vehicles. Now fmcsa is really going to mess it up. They know what there doing drivers. (CONTROL) Nothing about safety. Canada tried the same thing and look what happened. You think you can’t find a parking spot now! Wait if this stupidity passes. Trucks and campers are already parking all over the shoulders and people’s business trying to sleep and that’s not even working out. We don’t get but around 10.25 to drive at the most nc we have to start looking for a place to park. I tell you what drivers? If these trucking companies gives us 75cpm plus by the hr for waiting with 3000 miles per week then we can talk. Other than that keep fighting.
Well I seriously think if you’re going to mandate truck drivers you should mandate personal vehicles pickup trucks dock trucks SUVs and motorcycles the truck driver is probably the safest on the road keeping all you citizens safe while maneuvering around us going the same speed limit as a truck is impeding traffic and that’s where the safety comes in for us truck drivers when it comes to understanding the safety of being out on the road everything’s based off of the Smith system for city drivers they don’t understand what it’s like to be out on the road putting our lives in danger just to keep you safe there is where the problem is keeping you safe I truly believe that the commodities that we need needs to be respected as we deliver we’re not under the time clock of normal hours we’re under a different time clock to meet your needs we have a bigger responsibility out on the road and we have to follow Federal regulations but we’re not considered federal employees and those that are federal employees should be doing the job of keeping these personal vehicles under restriction just as much as they do the truck people drive around us which puts us in danger everyday every night they drive like NASCAR races and we have to follow regulations just to keep them safe and ourselves we want to go home we’re on a time limit they aren’t they’re in a hurry to go nowhere and their death wish is next to a truck they don’t understand what we have to go through to put up with them so I don’t think we should be mandated on a speed limit when they have no safety background around us truck drivers it’s putting this industry at risk every day to supply the needs of those who want so much the problem is is people don’t understand what we have to go through the stress we had to go through just to keep them safe and ourselves we have families to go to at the end of the day we’re at the end of our trip and I think fair is fair when it comes to saying when I just said it if we’re going to be mandated maybe we should get paid Federal wages and start being respected out on the road putting our lives in danger for corporations that seek the perks when we should be getting the perks I think we should probably be considered right next to the construction worker out on the road because a lot of people don’t see the full picture they’re only thinking about their own need and safetythey don’t think about the safety we have to stress ourselves out to keep them safe because of their ignorance but it’s government policy to cut back and we have to take the heat for it everybody complains about the truck driver what about the people that are driving personal vehicles pickup trucks
The ones that need the speed limiters are the four-wheelers limit them to 72 the ones that drive legally it wouldn’t bother them a bit.
You’re just asking for more problems More Road rages, accidents it may even affect the deliveries defiantly for on time.
There have been more accidents since they started with the governors’ trucks, so you want to add to the fire, not smart. Really don’t make it worst make it better take the governors off the trucks completely. Also do believe a good precent of driver will not be on the road if this go’s thru, I know I won’t be.
Limiting speeds on commercial vehicles is already a fact in the majority of drivers lives. Nearly every carrier already has limiters onthere trucks. The problem is nearly zero politicians are CDL holders and nearly zero have spent a day riding around in a truck to see what its like. The top speed limit out there is 80 mph on interstates and lanes in mostly Texas. The problem is the 4 wheelers. Most have no clue what a commercial truck can and cannot do as far as stopping and inertia. They also don’t know if we are 80k or 35k lbs. We need to educate them, its time only way to drastically reduce accidents and deaths. I say this because no politician will vote to limit 4 wheeler speeds.
I think It’s a big mistake limiting the speed of commercial vihicles. This is just going to cause more backups between trucks and car’s. most people who never driven a commercial vihicles don’t know the danger they put them self and truck drivers in when they don’t give enough room to enter or exit the highway. By slowing commercial vihicles down the road rage with car’s is going to increase. Please before voting on this find a commercial vihicles driver in your district and take a ride for a few days with them to see what they go thru on a day to day basis.
There are more car accidents than commercial vehicles. When do they get their limiter? Not justified to think the government can limit your vehicles under speed limits that are 85 in Texas. So out of touch with commercial vehicle problems. If you got rid of e logs it would help people to quit racing the clock when they are sleepy.