The Trucking Solutions Group announced last week that it has submitted its group’s comments in response to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Through this proposed rule, these agencies propose equipping heavy vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 26,000 pounds with a speed limiting device; and requiring motor carriers to operate these vehicles at or below a speed to be set in a final rule.
Trucking Solutions Group Chairman, Henry Albert, President of Albert Transportation, Inc. noted that the group members, individually and collectively, ardently support the agencies’ goal of increasing safety on the nation’s highways. “The problem is,” Albert notes, “this proposed rule has the potential of making the roads less safe. That is why we, as a group of professional truckers, felt compelled to rise in opposition to this proposed rulemaking.”
The group’s commenter-in-chief, Alec Costerus, President of Aerodyne Transportation, LLC, said that having heavy trucks travelling at slower speeds – usually at speeds posted below the maximum speed limit – with cars travelling at higher speeds, increases the number of truck-car interactions, hardly a measure that will lead to safer highways. The TSG members believe that speed limits should be set by local and state transportation authorities who are better positioned to determine the safe speed at which cars and trucks should operate. “We wholeheartedly disagree with the proposed rule’s approach of bureaucratically determined speed limits. Furthermore, traffic, weather, road, and other conditions all enter the safe driving speed decision-making that is best determined by a professional, well-rested driver who is in control of that vehicle.”
Founded in 2008, the Trucking Solutions Group is a group of transportation professionals who collaborate to help improve each other’s business. Consistent with this mission, the group members all contributed to the group’s comments in what Chairman Albert described as the most hotly discussed topic in the group’s recent history.