Limiting Maximum Speed for Commercial Vehicles

speedometerOn August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a new safety measure that calls for equipping commercial vehicles with speed limiting devices on roadways nationwide. The devices would be set to a maximum speed with the purpose of saving lives.

The proposed safety measure would also save upwards of one billion dollars in fuel and emissions costs as well as reduce fuel consumption by millions of gallons each year. This contributes to energy conservation efforts and limiting the effects of emissions on the environment as well.

The plan calls for all newly produced commercial vehicles weighing in excess of 26,000 pounds to include a speed limiting mechanism. Proposed speed limits include 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour. The proposal discusses the benefits of each suggested speed limit and how limiting the maximum speed of commercial vehicles will decrease the severity of crashes and save lives. Until the final ruling, the U.S DOT is taking public opinion on maximum speed limits into consideration as well.

The responsibility for maintaining the speed limiting devices and ensuring their proper functioning falls on motor carriers that operate commercial vehicles in the U.S. The plan also calls for motor carriers to equip their vehicles with a device that allows them to read their vehicles’ speed setting. This device should also be able to read the previous two settings of the vehicle including the time and date they were changed.

The potential to increase road safety, save money on fuel, and reduce the impact of commercial vehicles on the environment are the driving force behind this plan. Visit FederalRegister.gov for more information and to leave commentary about the proposal. Public commentary is open until November 7, 2016.

Keeping up with new safety regulations is vital to maintaining a safe and compliant fleet. Contact the experts at Three Points Insurance to learn more.