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FMCSA set to roll out final speed limiter proposal in June 2023

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FMCSA set to roll out final speed limiter proposal in June 2023
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that is plans to go through with a proposal to limit the speed on certain commercial motor vehicles. The final proposal will be unveiled in June 2023.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is planning to unveil its final proposal regarding commercial motor vehicle speed limiters next year.

The agency wrote in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) September rulemaking report that June 2023 is the target date.

In May, the FMCSA sought comments on the proposal, which will affect vehicles with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more equipped with an electronic control unit that’s capable of being governed.

A governed speed has not yet been determined, according to the FMCSA.

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 that didn’t gain traction.

The newest proposal garnered around 15,000 comments in its initial reveal on the Federal Register as part of a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking.

A representative of Beyond Dirt LLC wrote on the comment page: “Limiting speeds in trucks will not make them safer. All it will do is impede traffic in places where the truck speed limit is higher, making driving a truck more dangerous for the truck driver because the cars around it will be making aggressive maneuvers to get around it. This law is an over reach, if there is a problem with a few truck speeding, you need to use the State Patrol to in force the speed limit on those law breaking drivers and not make this job more dangerous for the rest of us.”

Karl Wendtand wrote: “This is a stupid idea, the danger of more accidents from cars hitting trucks will go up more if you do this. I own my truck and even though it will go much faster I drive it at the speed that gives me the best safety and fuel mileage. I have over 42 years on the road and have never had an accident, or even a ticket in 30 years. Punishing me and other professional drivers for actions by car drivers is not only unfair and discriminating to those of us that do the hard work of delivering everything you buy. If you really want to lose the older and safer drivers then pass this regulation.the driver shortage will increase by over 50% and you will destroy this industry.”

Daniel Kautz wrote: “If you are going to put speed limiters on semis and big trucks.. then you need to put them on the car and the pickups also ..they are the ones doing 110 mph down the highway talking on their cell phones using their tablets and laptops that are attached to their dash.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) also opposes the proposal.

The OOIDA Foundation points to research that states the frequency of interactions with other vehicles increases 227% when traveling 10 mph below the speed of traffic.

“Considering that the United States has highways with speed limits posted at 80 mph or more, a truck that is speed limited at 60 mph may have to travel 20-25 mph slower than the flow of traffic,” according to an article on Land Line, the news magazine for OOIDA.

A study by University of Arkansas researchers in 2006 found that speed limit differentials compromise highway safety.

OOIDA also points out that regulating a truck’s top speed does not stop it from speeding.

“Although a speed limiter mandate set at 60 mph would force trucks to drive well below the posted speed limit on most highways, it would not prevent them speeding through city traffic, construction zones or in inclement weather,” OOIDA officials stated.

The OOIDA Foundation says that “research shows that forcing truckers to lose time during high-speed zones can encourage them to driver faster than they should through slower zones so that they can make their deliveries on time.”

There is some support for the proposal, however.

Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), said his organization approves of speed limiters.

“ATA is pleased that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is pursuing a constructive, data-driven approach to the issue of truck speed limiters in its latest proposal,” Spear wrote in a news release earlier this year.

“We intend to thoroughly review FMCSA’s proposal, and we look forward to working with the agency to shape a final rule that is consistent with our policy supporting the use of speed limiters in conjunction with numerous other safety technologies,” he said.

There are some companies that have been using speed limiters on their rigs for years.

Walmart, for example, sets the top speed of its rigs at 65 mph.

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26 Comments

This is ridiculous this is how you treat us drivers that sacrifice our time away from our family to feed your family.You think there’s a shortage now on the shelves just wait. Also let a natural disaster occur it’s going to take forever to get them supplies.
I’ll be going to speed limit get over into the left lane to allow merging traffic to merge on the highway as soon as I’m able to get over you can see the aggression on the cars as Inconvenienced them. This will only trigger them more to disrespect us.
Plus this will make drivers more sleepy! How about you folks at the office put speed limiters on your cars & drive as much as we do. Y’all have so much to say and try to change in this industry but you’re not out here living in it! If this passes I will quit! You’re not gonna be putting my life at danger. Y’all r getting out of hand! Why don’t y’all worry about fixing these roads and highways and bridges before coming at us who is helping feed/ support this country! Y’all really don’t give a shit about us Drivers out here our opinion does not matter over it 😡

Get a different job then…people sick and tired of you doing 95 mph down hills cause you think your saving time. If you don’t like the job regulated by the government stfu and or go work at wendys

A speed governor will not a truck from speeding down a hill. A thing called gravity will do it’s deal every time!

I refuse to put one in. But they can bet if I have to have one installed, I’ll be in the left lane wherever I go impeding traffic. We’ll past the time to stand up and fight. The big box companies are the ones lobbying for this bs. Stop driving for swift and JB Hunt. Buy your own truck if you can or work for smaller companies. Put these mega carriers out of business.

That’s the anwser be a petty piece of shit, go ahead, ride that lane and you’ll be ticketed like the next d-bag

They can kiss my ass. The reason we have all the unsafe regulations on us now is because drivers stayed silent, not enough stood up to the over reach. Every driver without a set, needs to grow a pair and stand up and NOT budge.

I feel as long as they obey the speed limit they should be able to drive the speed limit just like the rest of us. They do speed many hours or even days away from their families to make sure product or produce are delivered on time. They should be as equal as anyone else on the roads.

If this passes thru. This is the time for every driver to get together and do a Nationwide strike. Our occupation has more regulations than any other job out there but yet we get to make these unlimited sacrifices for our communities and families. And the average driver pay nationwide is 50k.
They talk about our profession that we are Professional Drivers /CDL/ ClassA.
But yet our job is not considered a skilled Labor. GTFOH!!
I’m still a safe Class A driver over 20yrs. This is an insult to me and the millions of miles I have put my blood sweat and tears over the road!!!
IF this passes thru I’m done with trucking
I’ll will be that statistic with the driver shortage and never look back!!!
If We drivers keep letting these ridiculous regulations pass
and not do nothing about it. This will be a forever rotating door in this profession.
We make to many sacrifices with this job!
It’s about time to make the sacrifices of
standing up for what’s right and hold the line!!
Godspeed to all.

Theoretically a 16 year old can do your job they just won’t let them, sounds like you need a new career bud…or keep bitching about shit that you can’t control. Either way people tired of you fuckers going 90 down hills so I guess they going to regulate you guys cause you don’t seem to get it

Are you even a driver? Are you out her 7 days a week all the time? Obviously, your ignorant. People like you is what had made this industry go down hill. You sit over there being a keyboard warrior, and when supplies start disappearing and you cant git food or the essentials don’t come bitching!!!

Put a truck in neutral & it go faster than Dodge Charger with a Hellcat down hill. No motor needed dumbass. It’s called gravity. Pull your head out of your ass.

They should put speed limiters in all vehicles.. Don’t just point out truckers!! Also motor homes should have to have a special license to drive them.. Once you hit 60 years old you should loose your license!!

If Mega carriers want to limit speed of company trucks let them keep doing what they or doing but to inforce it o. Everyone else just cause you getting a kick back should be illegal.

I’m done if this passes I’m governed at 80 it works fine I won’t b out here 2 to 4 months sacrificing doing 68 I quit I’ll drive local all done..

You will see the death tolls skyrocket. People already are impatient with trucks blocking the flow of traffic. Just wait till this happens. People merging on the interstates and we have to move out in the left lane. It’s going to be a traffic jam in the making. I’ve been doing this for 15 years. No tickets. No accidents. But yet we are always hearing how we’re slowing everyone down. Get a grip on the violators of txting while driving. That’s where the real problem lies. A statistic that has a death toll as high as drunk driving. You are forcing people to leave an industry that they used to love. It’s basically taking money out of their pockets. Most people are paid by the mile. It will be taking over $70.00 per day out of our pocket. You’ve already taken perdiem from us. Anything else you want? You’re making it impossible to make a living doing this job. We give our time away from our family already but now you want to take away from our income. Thank you book smart pencil pushers.

This proposal will triple the number of trucks on the road because still want their stuff on time. unfortunately, that also means many more unqualified dangerous drivers on the road. These new drivers get a 21 day course on basic skills to pass the test then the trainers actually teach them to drive. Imagine another One million trucks on the road all stuck at a certain speed. Good luck with those morning and evening commutes.

again, we are letting people who know nothing of the industry they want to regulate are wanting to make things worse .
if they were to spend time behind the wheel the difference would be apparent, these trucks are dinosaurs, dangerous, unforgiving beasts, a necessary evil, at 60 mph they are as deadly as they are at 75 or even 80. speed is not the problem, driver training, respect, and courtesy are real factors here.
the states are giving tests and permits to people who can’t read or even speak English, so they can’t read our signs don’t know where they are going, lost in a very cruel and unforgiving climate, there are so many issues that contribute to this speed is not the magic bullet cure for this. been at this 30 plus years.

This is really the worst move they can make. you want to lower fatigue and increase productivity and truck parking here is you solution. go back to the old rules. 10/8 70 in 8 days. Now if everyone listens you might learn something here. if you run old rules just like this you won’t ever be tired, out of hours, and not sitting in the traffic jams. run a 4/4. run 4 sleep 4. you’ll never be out of hours and never be tired as you are always resting. you stop outside major cities during rush hour sleep and 4 hours later it’s clear! image that. You think I’ll lose time? No cause you’re not driving in rush hour with a million other 4 wheelers who can’t put the phone down. and doing stop and go. You’ll breeze through no issues at posted speed limits. time a fuel saved, safer for everyone, and guess what you are rested. everyone knows the best speed is all vehicles moving at the same speed. not one faster then the other. If you can’t understand that then I don’t know what to tell you. and for those saying a 16 to 18 year old can do this job… you are very blind to what’s out here. Steep grades are not to be taken lightly. weather is not to be taken lightly. Training programs and schools aren’t teaching these items. They aren’t teaching what to do if you lose your engine brake. Let’s talk about these major carriers throwing rookies out in a truck and sending them over the rockies. Let’s talk about people who have a CDL who can’t speak or read English. Our signs are in English. How can you have a CDL and not speak English? Let’s talk about major carriers using a trainer and rookie to run team. How is the trainer teaching from the sleeper? FMCSA is getting kick backs from ATA which is the major carriers. Not one of those tools have ever done this job. You still think speed limiters will save you? No better training more rest and not racing a clock will. This was an industry full of professionals. Now they give anyone a CDL and call them a driver. And Jordan Watkins please just be quiet you obviously have no clue what you are talking about.

It all started somewhere. The government would not be in our business is the drivers would actually follow the traffic laws and laws of physics. The good old days of driving however many miles you can before you burn out, as fast as you can, are gone and for good reason. The numbers show the truth. Those of you driver who think speeding is the answer, going around curves faster than the curve speed limit, descending down grades with speed limits, you are the ones who brought this on us. It isn’t the new guys, Jeez we were all new when we started. If you actually look at the very destructive accidents, the ones that cost lives, you will actually see it is not just the new guy, it is the complacent seasoned veteran. The one who thinks they have done this downgrade a thousand times and they fail to relies maybe their brakes will fail, or an animal runs out in front of them, or they come around a curve and the traffic is stopped completely, yet they did not they would have to stop. The thousand and one time gets them and Colorado all over again: 4 dead, many vehicle destroyed, and fire. Freaking tailgating so close you can’t even see the rear window, what are ya’ll thinking when you do this, it sure isn’t safety, because if they have to panic stop you just got yourself a hood ornament you did not want or need. Everything has led to this happening, and they are looking to limit all vehicle, but starting with the most destructive vehicles is the appropriate answer. if you think driving over the speed limit, tailgating, going around curves to fast, and descending downgrades to fast, is fine then you need to just turn in your CDL and go back to just driving a 4 wheeler and getting a 9-5 job, because if we can’t control ourselves like the Professional drivers we are, someone will. Just look at the past: weigh stations, HOS, and now speed limiters. There is a reason for all of them and it isn’t because we were doing the right thi g

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