OOIDA Lobbying Against Speed-Limiter Rule

April 24, 2015

By David Cullen

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Arguing that mandating electronic speed limiters on large trucks would “create a dangerous, split-speed environment on U.S. highways,” the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has provided the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration with research showing that “there is a lack of solid science to back up a mandate that would require speed limiting devices on large trucks and that doing so would make highways less safe.”  

OOIDA sent a letter to agency officials requesting that they “fully consider the studies and data” on split speeds as they work on a joint rule proposal that would require the installation of speed-limiting devices on heavy trucks.

The association said the letter included a supplemental outline of what it termed “extensive research showing that uniform highway speeds are safest, while speed differentials increase the risk of crashes.”

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters (RIN 2126-AB63) is currently slated to be published on July 27.

Per DOT, this would “decrease the estimated 1,115 fatal crashes annually involving vehicles with a GVWR of over 26,000 pounds on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or above.”


  1. 1. Roger [ April 27, 2015 @ 04:15AM ]

    The Bureaucrats at fmcsa don't actually care about safety, they are trying to justify the existence of the administration and the continuance of their individual paychecks.

  2. 2. Tony [ April 27, 2015 @ 05:53AM ]

    what they really need to be working on is STOP the texting while driving.

  3. 3. Al Williams [ April 27, 2015 @ 06:46AM ]

    The public doesn't want trucks on the road period. They seem to think they don't need bathrooms either. The ATA wants drivers to be nothing more than androids without humanity and kept at the "back of the bus." The feds just pretend to know what they're talking about and will manufacture the "science" to suit their purpose. FMCSA would be improved if it had androids instead of local political wannabees. OOIDA speaks with the knowledge that comes from experience. It's a good time to be retired.

  4. 4. Rich K [ April 27, 2015 @ 11:38AM ]

    The limiter they need is one on 4 wheelers to prevent them from driving UNDER the speed limit on on any Federal or State that would be a great safety tool.

  5. 5. Scott C [ April 27, 2015 @ 04:03PM ]

    As a driver of a speed limited trucks averaging 63-65 it's already bad enough having unhappy 4 wheelers and 18 wheelers chomping at the bit behind me,imagine the aggressive driving when the entire trucking industry is all averaging the same speed clogging the highways. I think the opposite of their intended purpose would happen

  6. 6. Carlton Biggs [ April 29, 2015 @ 04:15AM ]

    every time I get on road I think about speed limiters for trucks when trucks are running reasonable speeds and 4 wheelers are flying and erratic driving while texting. The problem is with 4 wheelers and the ATA with Mr. Graves is not in real world.

  7. 7. Patrick Russell [ May 05, 2015 @ 05:47AM ]

    It is not the truckers that need to be regulated it is the under experienced public at large driver, who does not have the time behind the wheel navigating all types of weather and traffic conditions as the professional over the road driver does; as a result they over or under react to situations causing major issues out on the highways.

  8. 8. Nathan Marrero [ May 24, 2015 @ 12:40PM ]

    After 30 years with an accident free driving carrer This would be the iast straw for me. if this law is passed im Done!

  9. 9. David Cross [ November 16, 2016 @ 06:38PM ]

    We tried this before and it didn't work. Now because Swift, Hunt and other slow driving company's can't find drivers willing to drive slow trucks they want all trucks to be slow. They did this in Canada and now they are pushing to get it here in the USA. I for one will slow to 45 mph and hold it there if they pass such a dumb-a law.


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