truck speeds

A proposed federal rule to require the use of speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks has “cleared its final hurdle in the regulatory process” and will likely be published in the coming weeks according to Overdrive magazine. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget stamped its approval on the rule Aug. 12, according to the White House’s online rulemaking portal.

Overdrive wrote about the speed limiter rule and what it will mean for some people with CDL trucking jobs.

The speed limiter rulemaking initiated in March 2014.

It followed a petition by the American Trucking Associations and Roadsafe America. It asked the DOT to implement a 65 mph speed limit on trucks, weighing more than 26,000 lbs.

Little has been made public about the rule’s contents, however, such as what the regulated speed limit would be, when the rule would take effect and which trucks would be required to comply with the mandate.

Those details, Overdrive says, publish when the rule proposal releases in the Federal Register.

There likely will be a 60- or 90-day comment period, too, Overdrive writes. During which, FMCSA seeks comments from stakeholders and the public about the rule and its requirements.

Then, FMCSA uses the comments to craft a final version of the speed limiter rule. In addition, they then go back through the regulatory process before finalizations. That process generally takes several years. The rule likely offers a compliance window, likely a year or longer, before fully in effect.

Image from Overdrive magazine.


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