ATA calls for 68-mph truck speed limit

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) is endorsing the idea that truck manufacturers limit the maximum speed of their products at the factory to no more than 68 mph

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) is endorsing the idea that truck manufacturers limit the maximum speed of their products at the factory to no more than 68 mph. Speed-governing commercial vehicles would help reduce the number and severity of speed-related crashes among all vehicles on U.S. highways, ATA said.

The endorsement follows a study of the issue by ATA motor carrier members and safety experts which found that nearly 75% of the trucks evaluated already had speed governors, with most set at 70 mph or lower.

“There has been a growing sense within the trucking industry for the need to slow down the large truck population as well as all traffic,” said Bill Graves, ATA’s president & CEO. “With speeding as a factor in one third of all fatal highway crashes, it makes all the sense in the world to work to reduce this number.”

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