September 8, 2014
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Co-founder, at North American Trucking Alerts
In a recent article on CCJDigital's website, I read an article indicating the US department Of Transportations ongoing efforts at establishing a ruling involving installing speed limiters on tractor trailers and heavy trucks in the US. The article, Safety Fitness Determination rule publication date pushed to June, speed limiters to April, relates to both the proposed changes to the CSA program and the installation of speed limiters on trucks.
While this is not yet in effect, the department is intending to have a ruling set by April of 2015 for the guidance of having the limiters installed on trucks, and what those limits will be. My concern is that, while I do not yet have statistics for what affect this decision has had in Canada, as only Two provinces (Ontario and Quebec) have implemented this idea several years ago, reducing trucks speeds, while not reducing the speeds of the remainder of traffic in the country, will only lead to Greater numbers of car/truck crashes, and fatalities.
I do know that since the two Canadian provinces implemented speed limits being set on heavy trucks, the numbers have not changed, but have increased virtually by way of more incidents of cars speeding past trucks and cutting them off to get either on, or off highway exits, along with weaving through traffic to get around the slower trucks, thereby counteracting the idea of making the provinces highways safer. The big problem will be convincing the DOT and the FMCSA that this idea of speed limiters on heavy trucks, while not taking positive steps to reduce speeds on the remainder of the vehicles on the highways, and the strong lack of traffic enforcement around the country, will not do anything to improve highway safety overall.
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