American Trucking Associations Proposes New Tamper-Proof Speed Controls
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. trucking-industry leaders proposed that all new heavy trucks be equipped with tamper-proof controls to prevent them from going faster than 68 mph, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. The proposal, according to Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), is meant to address the problem of increasing highway-death rates, which, after many years of decline, have risen modestly since 2000. The measure would apply to trucks that weigh 26,000 lbs. or more.
Many truck fleets already use speed governors to improve safety and cut fuel consumption, but the speed regulators are easily disabled, and they’re not as widely used by the thousands of smaller companies.
Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, dismissed the proposal as “a pretty cynical PR effort,” according to the Columbia Daily Tribune report. He said that disparities in speed between cars and trucks would cause more accidents than speed governors prevented.