The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have new regulations for bus and truck drivers, as well as for other large-sized vehicle drivers. A lower speed limit is required from them, and an electronic device will make that happen.
The new speed limit for buses and trucks on the highway will be somewhere around 60 and 68 miles per hour. However, the numbers can be modified, according to public opinion, so it is not excluded that officials may announce new ones. At the moment, there are states which allow large-sized vehicles to run at 85 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of 137 km per hour. Nevertheless, there are few such states, and most of them have a lower speed limit.
The decision was made on August 26, and officials intend to apply it in order to prevent car accidents. The speed restriction for buses and trucks on the highway will save both people’s lives and money spent on fuel. In the United States, there are more than one thousand car accidents which lead to the victims’ death, happening each year.
U.S. vehicles which weigh more than 26,000 pounds (11,793 kg), such as buses and trucks, are required to add the new electronic device meant to restrict their speed limit. The device will only work on new vehicle models, which allow the technology. It is most likely that old vehicles would not allow it.
Anthony Foxx declared on behalf of the US Transportation Department:
“There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rulemaking. In addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a win for safety, energy conservation, and our environment.”
Chris Spear, president at American Trucking Association, talked about the speed limit devices as a safety measure:
“Carriers who already voluntarily use speed limiters have found significant safety, as well as fuel efficiency and equipment lifespan benefits with little to no negative impact on productivity. We will be carefully reviewing and commenting upon today’s proposal.”
On the other hand, bus and truck drivers think that low-speed limit is as dangerous as high speed because accidents can occur if they drive slower than other vehicles on the highway.
Companies that produce large sized vehicles, such as buses and trucks, must apply the new rule and equip the machines with the electronic device for the speed limit. The same goes for companies which buy such cars.
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