White House Receives Speed Limiter Proposal; Clears Stability Control


Speed limiters for heavy trucks are a step closer to becoming federally mandated in the U.S., as the proposed rule from the Dept. of Transportation has reached the White House.

Details of the rule, developed jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), will not be made public until the Office of Management and Budget reviews the estimated costs and benefits of the proposal.

If cleared, the proposed rule will be published and the public will have 60 days to weigh in on the details..

The American Trucking Association has called for a 65 mph setting.

Meanwhile, a federal rule to require all new trucks to be equipped with electronic stability control systems has been cleared by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, meaning the rule likely will be published in the coming weeks.

The rule, which is being produced by the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will require truck manufacturers to include the ESC systems on all new trucks and is designed to mitigate rollover and loss-of-control crashes, according to NHTSA’s synopsis of the rule.

This will be the rule’s final version.

A proposed rule was published in 2012. The rule will take effect two years following its publication in the Federal Register.

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