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Paul Feldman is a FairWarning staff writer.

7 comments to “Speed Limiters for Big Rigs”

  1. Tim Mays

    I drive a big truck. Having all the trucks governed to the same speed will create a new problem: Trucks running 1/2 mile faster MPH will take over four minutes to pass another truck. (A mile per hour is about 1.5 feet a second) When I get new tires, which are taller because old tires are worn, I can go 2 MPH faster. So there’s no such thing as all trucks running the same speed.
    There will be road rage in my opinion, from trucks taking too long to pass. I try to be courteous, but I’m a minority.

  2. Meri Falls

    Speeding trucks endanger all lives on highways. 60 mph should be law & enforced!!

  3. Ev

    How are speed governors implemented? Will it needlessly apply breaking (engine resistance, “Jake”, or pads…) when loaded trucks go down a steep incline and speeds naturally increase? Many times they would instead benefit from the extra speed/momentum to help climbing the upcoming hill.

    I find the independent truckers’ argument entirely unconvincing, as the playing field is level. Their extra “competitiveness” is illegal and risking lives, etc. I’ve noticed about half of truckers on the interstate are reckless, while the other half are steady and courteous. I can’t help but wonder if the independents, with their profit motives account for much of the first group, and hence the larger danger. There must be stats breaking this down.

  4. Ev

    Fascinating conundrum… Will this cause more slowdowns and blockages on the highways, as trucks can’t speed up to pass? Or perhaps fewer slowdowns, as truckers resign themselves to the slow lane, knowing they’ve got little to gain from passing?

  5. Douglas Baldwin

    Another fascinating article for us detail and policy nerds. Where else can one learn this stuff besides Fairwarning.org? It is also ever freshly surprising to be reminded of the age old consistent regulatory realities and their endless two steps forward one step backward (or vice versa) dance. That dance is a regulatory version of Zeno’s Paradox, where you can keep closing in on some goal, but never quite get there, under the accepted premise that it is impossible to get there all at once in any given fragment of time. So, speed monitors get installed, but use is not required, then use is required, but loopholes make it meaningless, then loopholes are closed, but optimal use is not defined, then optimal use is defined, but circumstances have changed to reset everything, etc.

    And all this often seems a bit inapplicable here in SoCal, where normally, for us city folk, when you see trucks, you see congestion, and worries about exceeding the speed limit are an amusing absurdity to be pondered over cocktails if you can ever make it home. So, a good SoCal denizen might well respond to this article with the faraway look of the demented, dreaming of a strange and wonderous land where traffic flows so well that it actually speeds.

  6. Laurie Higginbotham

    Great article. Washington drags it feet when it comes to safety. Most people are not aware of these issues.

  7. Louis V. Lombardo

    Thanks for this excellent article on a matter of life or death or disability importance.

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