Trucking Industry Speed Limitations
The American Trucking Association, the largest trucking group in the country, is vocally advocating to install electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.
The industry is urging federal safety regulators to act swiftly to mandate that all trucks be outfitted with electronic devices that limit speeds to 65 mph. Speeding trucks are the most common cause of big rig accidents.
Interestingly enough, such a rule has already been proposed and is currently being considered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In August of 2014, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx began considering the electronic-speed limiting rule. However, the department has not updated the public or industry insiders since August.
Recently, as the industry’s largest trucking organizations continue to agitate, reporters with the Associated Press reached out to Foxx’s department. They did not receive a response, and there is no word on when updates as to the status of the rule will be forthcoming.
Part of the industry’s concern is lack of uniformity in state speed limits, and the other concern is about the design of truck tires.
In regards to state speed limits, at least 14 states permit speeds above 70 mph and some go as high as 80. Unfortunately, this brings us to the truck design issue. Most trucks on the road today have tires that were designed during an era where no U.S. state permitted speeds above 70 mph.
In other words, the legislation that has been passed by some states to increase speed limits makes existing truck tires dangerous.
Experts estimate, that truck tires that go over 75 mph pose a danger to the public because those speeds exceed the tires’ designs. It is imperative that federal safety regulators, state legislators and members of the trucking industry act together to limit the speeds of trucks.
Our experienced Kansas City, Missouri, attorneys are ready to assist you after a dangerous accident involving a large truck.