Would You Feel Safer if Heavy Trucks Had Speed Limiters?

On August 26, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new proposal to limit the speed of tractor-trailers. If the proposed regulation is implemented, all vehicles over 26,000 pounds would be required to use speed-limiting devices to prevent drivers exceeding 68mph.

Vehicles like buses and semi-trailer trucks pose a greater safety risk due to their large mass.

"This is basic physics," said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. "Even small increases in speed have large effects on the force of impact. Setting the speed limit on heavy vehicles makes sense for safety and the environment."

Would you feel safer knowing Summerville roads would be free of speeding 18-wheelers? The American Trucking Association supports the new rule, citing improvements to safety in carriers that already use limiters voluntarily. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, however, disagrees, arguing that being unable to keep up with flow of traffic on high-speed roads could lead to road rage, and traffic congestion. The NHTSA is encouraging drivers like you to submit your comments at www.regulations.gov, where public feedback will be considered in the final decision.

In the meantime, find safer pre-owned vehicles at AutoMaxx of Summerville.

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