Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

October 13, 2016

By David Cullen

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Senator Chuck Schumer 
Senator Chuck Schumer

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

“There’s nothing more harrowing than having a 12-wheeler behind you going fast,” Schumer said while standing alongside the notoriously hectic Long Island Expressway, per a news report posted by  Schumer, New York’s senior senator is running for reelection and is in line to succeed Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as the Senate’s Democratic leader.

Back in August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration jointly proposed that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a specific maximum speed.

However, as of yet, the agencies have not proposed a specific speed limit for the proposed limiters. The Department of Transportation has said only that the proposal “discusses the benefits of setting the maximum speed at 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour, but the agencies will consider other speeds based on public input.”

That lack of specificity drew the scorn of Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, earlier this month during a press briefing at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. “The various differentials in speed from what this rule proposes and what state speed limits are is dangerous,” he said. “What is this proposal? Three speed limits, not one. No studies to back it up. And no national cap on limits to address speed differentials.

“Our policy focus now is to develop comments on this proposal, which in my humble opinion, is flawed,” Spear continued. “We cannot afford to elevate risks for the motoring public with a rule that does not take into account the danger of differential speeds for cars and trucks."

As reported by, Schumer acknowledged that rulemaking is a slow process, but he urged DOT to act quickly to finalize the speed-limiter rule. In response to concerns raised about the negative impact of such a rule on trucking, the senator reportedly noted that putting a speed-limiter rule in place is supported by ATA.

Related: ATA's Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule


  1. 1. CT [ October 14, 2016 @ 04:41AM ]

    ANYTHING that this man, Chuck Schumer, endorses or proposes should ever be supported in any way. He needs to be put out of office ASAP...

  2. 2. Stephen [ October 14, 2016 @ 05:12AM ]

    There is NOT reason for limiters.

    Over the last 2 decades the death rates have fallen.

    You can tell by looking at NHTSA FARS data!

    This "proposal" is not "safety" but political.

    The ATA itself had no business (except they represent big business) proposing this UNSAFE limiters.

  3. 3. Paul [ October 14, 2016 @ 05:12AM ]

    Thank you, Chris Spear, for putting some forethought into all of these changes being slung around in our government agencies, Unlike your predecessor, it sure is nice to see someone revisit what truckers go through daily.

  4. 4. Russ [ October 14, 2016 @ 06:01AM ]

    Chuck Shcumer and Chris Spear are both rabid dogs and need to be treated as such.

  5. 5. Gregory [ October 14, 2016 @ 06:09AM ]

    A perfect example of why term limits are necessary. No career politician ever let's the facts get in the way of proposing more regulations. Oh, but cares so much ... (about getting re-elected).

  6. 6. Scott [ October 14, 2016 @ 07:48AM ]

    His quote from the second paragraph of this story clearly shows that he doesn't have a clue about anything truck related and should have nothing to do with trucking regulations. “There’s nothing more harrowing than having a 12-wheeler behind you going fast,” Schumer said while standing alongside the notoriously hectic Long Island Expressway, per a news report posted by What the hell is is a 12 wheeler? He cant even count! Just another reason that no one should ever be re-elected and there needs to be term limits.

  7. 7. Kevin Nussbaum [ October 14, 2016 @ 07:48AM ]

    Mandating (by limitation) that vehicles travel at different speeds on the same roadway is ludicrous. Split speed limits cannot create a safe driving environment.

  8. 8. Chris Dunning [ October 14, 2016 @ 02:41PM ]

    I find it rather amusing that this complete moron is concerned about a 12 wheeler coming up behind someone,he should be concerned with 18,having said that, he really has no business sticking his nose in trucking,especially when he can count the number of tires, now I get it,super singles,huh,even.on a trailer,well that makes 10 total. I see both sides,it wod be a better idea to.fix speed limits to be more accommodating to everyone e as opposed tomlimiting us in tractor trailers to do say 65 while there's area with speed limits at 75 and I have seen 85 mph areas in Utah and Texas,seems rather dangerous for a car to 85 whe a semi is limited to 65,what would happen if a car rear ended a semi at 85, well not good to say the least. There's no reason for any of us,car,truck,rv motor cycle to do.more than 65 to begin with,no obeys the speed limit now but gave it,when there's essentially1 cop per 150 people,while one ticketis wrote 200 more were missed 20 of those were in accodents,3 fatal,so instead of limiting those of us who do our jobs and keep the economy moving how about making it safer us,it's the 4 wheelers who put their own lives at risk around us,time to put limiters on them NOT us

  9. 9. Chris Dunning [ October 14, 2016 @ 03:04PM ]

    Here's another thought, if these attorneys want to go and sue these carriers for not a fault accidents,and speed limiters are forced on us by Uncle Scam Uh bad, maybe these familiesand attorneys should start suing the feds instead of the carriers,after all they made is use them and maybe these big carriers should counter sue these people and attorneys for loss of revenue,the loss of a tractor trailer and serious injury or death to the driver,plus his lost wages due to.the ignorance of these people in 4 wheelers. Now I understand we went through lots of specialized training,myself I had a 240 hour 8 week class,plus an additional 4 months with a trainer ,I'm well trained,not perfect,but we'll seasoned before being handed the keys own company truck, we have to have a fed required med cert to even drive while a 4 wheeler,don't matter if you arr 16 or 101 deaf blind or stupid, you can drive a 4 wheeler, I know we have to be professionalsout here but I'm sorry,if someone cuts me off or break checks me,I have a dash cam and blind spot cams, if I hit you as a result,I'll sue until that person is working 10 jobs just to.set an example, WE ALL need to keep safety a top priority,it's not about how fast we deive,it's how we all drive around each other that matters,give us space,don't tempt fate by break checking us, stay far enough back so.we can see,its about a very rare thing these days,it's called COMMON SENSE AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS

  10. 10. Justin [ October 14, 2016 @ 03:32PM ]

    Well,if ATA says it's good,then it must be good for all!

  11. 11. Chuck [ October 15, 2016 @ 07:09AM ]

    12 wheeler??? How do u get a 12 wheeler? it's obvious he knows nothing about trucks! If he wants the roads safer then limit the automobiles speed. Get in a truck Mr. Schumer and learn about them;Not just pander to the uninformed lobbyist. 80-85% of all truck involved accidents are caused by the 4 wheeler so start at the real source of the problem!

  12. 12. Richard [ October 26, 2016 @ 01:12PM ]

    I think there should be speed limiters and electronic logs on every vehicle providing emergency services to all politicians and their spawn.
    There would be no great loss to soci beef is

  13. 13. Richard [ October 26, 2016 @ 01:14PM ]

    I think there should be speed limiters and electronic logs on every vehicle providing emergency services to all politicians and their spawn.
    There would be no great loss to society seeing how their lives are not worth what one pallet of boxed beef is!


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