The Department of Transportation proposed a new rule that would require heavy trucks to be equipped with speed limit devices on Sep. 7 and have been seeking public comment from the trucking industry since. Around 2,000 comments have already been submitted.
The proposed speed limit has not been specified and can be either 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour.
The majority of comments have been submitted by truck drivers who are not happy with the proposed rule. One of the main concerns is a safety threat of limiting heavy vehicles’ speed. The passenger cars tend to run faster and if the car’s speed is at 70 or 80 miles per hour and the truck runs 5 or 15 miles per hour slower, the car’s closing rate will be faster which can create a dangerous situation.