Speed limiters: DOT's math for 60, 65, 68 mph

Aug. 29, 2016
The DOT has packed a lot of information into its 118-page proposal to require speed limiting devices on heavy-duty vehicles. Here we highlight some of the basics: the cost-benefit analyses on the three suggested speed settings, the requirements for new trucks, the possibility of requiring older trucks to be retrofit, and the proposed penalties for non-compliance.

The Dept. of Transportation has packed a lot of information into its 118-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require speed limiting devices on heavy-duty vehicles. Here we highlight some of the basics: the cost-benefit analyses on the three possible speed settings, the requirements for new trucks, the possibility of requiring older trucks to be retrofit, and the proposed penalties for non-compliance.

Coming up, we’ll take a deeper dive into the data behind the proposal, and review the research on which DOT is basing the proposal.

About the Author

Kevin Jones | Editor

Kevin has served as editor-in-chief of Trailer/Body Builders magazine since 2017—just the third editor in the magazine’s 60 years. He is also editorial director for Endeavor Business Media’s Commercial Vehicle group, which includes FleetOwner, Bulk Transporter, Refrigerated Transporter, American Trucker, and Fleet Maintenance magazines and websites.

Working from Little Rock, Kevin has covered trucking and manufacturing for 15 years. His writing and commentary about the trucking industry and, previously, business and government, has been recognized with numerous state, regional, and national journalism awards.

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