Georgia, Delaware Senators Introduce Speed-Limiting Bill for Large Trucks
GEORGIA – According to a news story reported online at ttnews.com, senators from Georgia and Delaware have proposed a bill to limit the maximum speed that large trucks can travel in the United States. The bipartisan measure, introduced in late June, proposes a limit of 65 mph for all newer model large trucks and older trucks with compatible software.*
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) proposed the bill. If passed, it would apply to commercial trucks weighing 26,001 pounds or more and would require those trucks to have speed-limiting software installed that prevents them from driving faster than 65 mph.
Isakson said that many trucks currently on the road in the U.S. already have the technology to make speed limiting possible, and many other countries have passed bills like this. Older trucks without speed-limiting devices would be exempt from the law. Lawmakers have been trying to pass similar bills in the U.S. since 2011, but no bills have overcome all hurdles.
“[This] legislation will help reduce accidents on our roadways by requiring the use of speed-limiting technology in large trucks — a step that many companies have already taken to promote safety and fuel efficiency,” Coons said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a report that indicated that deadly large truck accidents rose by 3 percent from 2017 to 2018, while overall vehicle fatalities declined by 1 percent. Proponents of the bill say that a decrease in speed will help lower accidents with large trucks and fatalities from those accidents.
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