Truckers Wonder if Speed Caps are Actually a Good Idea

As an attempt to reduce the number of annual motor vehicle accidents involving trucks, regulators are issuing a speed cap for trucks and buses weighing over 26,000 pounds. The new cap would limit speeds to 60, 65, or 68 mph on the highway. Regulators argue that the cap would reduce mortalities caused by accidents between trucks and cars because the impact of crashes would be less severe if trucks are moving slower.

On the other hand, however, truck drivers argue that the number of accidents would actually increase. Many times, if a slow moving truck merges into the left lane, faster cars rear end the truck because they cannot slow down fast enough. So, if the trucks are forced to move slower, rear endings would just become more popular. Other truckers argue that the regulation only benefits larger trucking companies at the expense of independent drivers, who need to cover more ground daily.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that almost 500 lives would be saved with the addition of this speed cap. The rule will become effective Nov. 7.