Perhaps you’ve had the experience of zooming down the highway in your big rig, and then you spot that lurking state trooper waiting to pounce on a speeder. Even if you’re watching the speed limit, you probably tap on the brakes a little.
According to an AP News story in the Houston Chronicle, you might not have to worry about speeding…if your truck can only go 68 miles per hour.
In order to promote truck safety, lobbyists from the American Trucking Association (ATA) have announced that they will seek the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to install speed regulators in new trucks as they are built, and put in place new regulations to prevent drivers from tampering with the devices.
It might seem extreme to mechanically prohibit trucks from going over 70 miles per hour, but there are already laws that keep trucks from going that fast in 24 states.
This is sure to be a firecracker of an issue as truckers and trucking companies sound off on what should be done.
What do you think? Would you buy a truck with a speed regulator? If you had to drive a truck outfitted with one, how would you adapt?
How much of a difference would a truck speed regulator make to and your trucking business? Is this a good idea to make trucks safer, or is this going to unfairly penalize certain truckers, especially independent truckers.
Let us know what you think.