The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has told two government agencies that there is a lack of solid science to back up a mandate that would require speed limiting devices on large trucks and that doing so would make highways less safe.
A letter was sent to officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) as they prepare to submit a draft rule to the Office of Management and Budget. The rule is projected for a publication date of July 27.
Attached to the letter was a supplemental outline of extensive research showing that uniform highway speeds are safest, while speed differentials increase the risk of crashes.
OOIDA requested that the agencies fully consider the studies and data before setting a policy that would create what it termed a dangerous, split-speed environment on U.S. highways. The association has been opposed to policies that create speed differentials for heavy-duty trucks because of the resulting increased interactions between vehicles, which lead to a greater likelihood of collisions.
In the letter, OOIDA says it does not condone speeding or unsafe driving habits and instead strongly encourages truckers to comply with all state laws and federal regulations.
The association also advocates for many initiatives that will increase safe operations in the trucking industry such as a comprehensive entry-level driver training rule and increased supply chain stakeholder accountability. OOIDA is currently an active member in the negotiating rulemaking process for a new driver training regulation.