Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) are proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with a speed limiting devise ...
... initially set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in a final rule and would require motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce to maintain the functional speed limiting devices set to the to-be-determined speed for the service life of the vehicle. The speed limits under consideration in the notice are 60 miles per hour (MPH) and 68 MPH.
With feedback and support from the ISRI Transportation Safety Task Force, ISRI filed comments with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regards to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation and Speed Limiting Devices. ISRI recommended that the proposed rule be withdrawn, researched, and rewritten for the benefit of the motoring public.
ISRI provided several well stated arguments against this proposed rule including the issue of this rule not allowing for instances where trucks can drive for hundreds of miles without traffic interaction (western states) and how it being of little use on roads where the posted speed is well below any proposed governed speeds. ISRI recommended that FMCSA and HHTSA consider motor carriers policing drivers internally by using current technologies that mitigate risk by influencing driver behavior using GPS, electronic log devices, and accident avoidance devices.
A copy of the comments can be found on the ISRI website on the OSHA Alliance webpage in the regulatory update section as well as on regulations.gov.