Are speed limiters a good thing? According to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), “Trucks equipped with speed governors have a 50% lower crash rate than trucks not equipped with speed governors.” — Fleet Owner
“Required speed limiters could also save an estimated 1.1 billion in fuel costs and millions of gallons of fuel annually.” — FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
It’s A Win-Win, Isn’t it?
Sounds like a win-win, doesn’t it? Save lives, save fuel, save money, impact the atmosphere in a positive way. All good right? Some truckers have expressed concerns. They believe limiting top speed may cause crashes in situations where the trucker attempts to avoid a collision.
Several studies show this not to be the case. The safety advantages of speed limiters far outweigh the loss of top speed control by the driver. Transport Topics: Safety Benefits of Speed Limiters Outweigh Crash Fears Study Says.
How it Would Work
The FMCSA proposed that new vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more be required to operate with speed limiters. At least two major trailer manufacturers Wabash Trailer and Great Dane Trailer have come out in favor of this proposal. What it would mean is that larger transports, as well as multi-passenger vehicles (busses), would come equipped with speed limiters as standard equipment and carriers would be required to maintain and upkeep the equipment.
A Step in the Right Direction
This proposal is a step in the right direction. We back Wabash National, Great Dane Trailer, and others in their support of this proposed legislation. When our country has become dependent on foreign oil and it negatively impacts our economy. When accidents on our highways take thousands of lives every year, and when green gas emissions adversely affect out atmosphere it’s time for common sense measures such as speed limiters. If you agree, please add your support to this proposal. Thank you.