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Voice Your Opinion On The Heavy Truck Speed-Limiter Rule Proposal

In today's semi-truck industry news, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new rules that would govern the speeds trucks drive. The DOT hopes that by monitoring speeds of trucks, they'll be able to save $1 billion dollars in fuel costs and ensure the safety of all drivers on the road.

If the proposal passes, all new truck models with gross vehicle weight ratings of over 26,000 pounds would be legally required to get outfitted with a speed limiting device. Drivers of these vehicles will be required to keep vehicle speeds at or below the speed set on the speed limiting device. The government hasn't decided yet what the speed would be; DOT proposed 60, 65, and 68 mph as possible speeds.

Since the DOT made their new proposal public, reactions have been mixed. The American Trucking Association's chief executive, Chris Spear, opposes the potential new regulations. He cites safety concerns; for example, it could be unsafe limit a truck's speed when the surrounding traffic drives significantly more clearly. He also raises concerns that the DOT hasn't done enough research, and needs to recommend a specific speed rather than three potential choices.

Others, such as Senator Chuck Schumer, publicly support the proposal. Schumer does not believe the new proposals will be significantly different from speed limiting technology many trucks already have. He also believes the new rules will make the roads safer.

Whatever your opinion, at Robertson Truck Sales we encourage you to share your views on this proposal with the DOT. You can submit feedback on their website. DOT extended the deadline to December 7, so there's still time to make your voice heard.