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ARA Comments Opposing FMCSA Speed Limiting of CMV

Jul 18 2022

ARA filed comments to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in response to its intent to proceed with speed limiter rulemaking for commercial motor vehicles (CMV) on interstate highways because it would decrease safety. 

ARA supports transportation safety, and speed limiting devices would put CMV drivers at a higher risk of crashing due to being unable to keep up with the flow of traffic depending on the current stretch of highways. This may also lead to more dangerous road range incidents when two trucks driving at similar speeds side-by-side create running blockades of traffic behind them. 

Fuel efficiency is also reduced when speed limiters are used, leading to an increase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

In conclusion, ARA says that enforcing speed limiters would negatively affect America's already stretched trucking industry, penalize small business operations, increase stress on CMV drivers, decrease safety on the road, and make vehicles less fuel efficient. Learn more by reading ARA's comments below.