Two United States senators are calling for speed limiters on trucks in order to ensure safety on roadways.
Senators Johnny Isakson and Chris Coons introduced the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019, which would require all new commercial trucks with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more to be equipped with speed-limiting devices, which must be set to a maximum speed of 65 miles/h (105 km/h) and be used at all times while in operation.
The maximum speed requirement would also be extended to existing trucks that already have the technology installed. Trucks without speed limiters will not be forced to retroactively install the technology.
Road-safety advocates such as Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition have been lobbying Congress for months to pass such a legislation.
“The majority of trucks on our roads already have speed-limiting technology built in, and the rest of the technologically advanced world has already put them to use to ensure drivers follow safe speeds,” said Isakson.
“This legislation would officially enforce a long-awaited speed limit of 65 mph (105 km/h) on large trucks and reduce the number of preventable fatalities on our busy roadways.”
According to the American Department of Transportation, the “speed-limiter rule” would have minimal cost, as most heavy trucks already have these devices installed, although some vehicles do not have the 65 mph limit set.
The department has also found that the rule would decrease the estimated 1,115 fatal crashes a year involving vehicles with a weight of 26,000 pounds or more on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or more.
In Canada, Ontario and Quebec speed-limiters have been in place for 10 years with the maximum speed set at 105 km/h.