Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Proposal to Mandate Speed Limiters on Trucks Gain Traction

Installing speed limiters on trucks is an idea whose time is long overdue. Las Vegas truck accident lawyers are excited at the fact that there has been progress made towards mandating these limiters on all trucks. What has galvanized the movement by trucking safety groups to have the limiters installed on all trucks, has been the fact that the Obama administration has moved forward on a proposal to increase fuel efficiency of trucks and reduce greenhouse gases.

In 2006, the American Trucking Associations, and Road Safer America each petitioned the federal administration to require speed limiters on all commercial trucks with a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds. These devices would set speed limits on the trucks at 62 mph. In May this year, President Obama, directed his administration to move forward on drafting a double-edged policy to aim at increasing trucking efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Speed limiters would take care of both of these. For every 1 mph reduction in speed limits of trucks, there is a 1% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Lower speed limits are also the easiest way to increase fuel efficiency. It's easy now to see why Las Vegas truck accident lawyers are so excited about the possibilities ahead.

High speeds are a major contributing factor to trucking accidents in Nevada and around the country. An 18-wheeler traveling at a speed of 75 mph takes approximately 1/3 longer to stop after applying the brakes, compared to a truck traveling at 65 mph. That's not the only reason why we need limitations on the speed of these trucks. Accidents involving large commercial trucks traveling at high speeds and passenger vehicles, are invariably catastrophic, high-impact accidents that end in serious injuries and deaths.

Unfortunately, almost 4 years since both trucking safety groups and the trucking industry petitioned the federal administration for these limiters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still waiting to act on these proposals.

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