Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CBS News wades in on speed limiter proposal

Perhaps you saw the piece on last night’s CBS Evening News about the speed limiter mandate? According to Jon Osburn, the skipper of OOIDA’s Spirit of the American Trucker tour truck, the folks who came by and paid him a visit at the Petro in Clearwater, Minn., sure did, and they weren’t exactly thrilled by what they saw. Which is understandable, since (based on what we’ve been hearing from members) the proposed speed limiter mandate is virtually unanimously despised by those who have to drive trucks, and by many of us who share the roads with them.

Here’s the report:



When the news agency tweeted out links to the teaser video last night, OOIDA responded with a friendly reminder that the proposed mandate will make highways less safe, and that all traffic should move at the same relative speed.

The proposed rulemaking on speed limiters is expected to publish in The Federal Register any day now. Although it doesn’t actually specify a speed that trucks will be limited to, federal regulators are considering capping trucks at 60 mph, 65 mph, or perhaps 68 mph. The proposal is aimed at trucks larger than 26,000 pounds, generally model year 2000 or newer and ECU-equipped.

OOIDA staunchly opposes the mandate, on the grounds that studies show speed differentials actually increase the risk of traffic accidents by promoting more vehicle interactions. You don’t even have to be a truck driver to know that each day hundreds of passenger vehicles are weaving in and out of lanes in an attempt to get around a large truck that’s plugging along, sometimes as much as 15 mph slower than the posted speed limit.

Probably the biggest issue with the coverage in the CBS report is the complete lack of coverage of the very real safety issues posed by split speeds. It’s certainly an issue that Land Line has covered extensively, both in the U.S. and in Canada.

While it may seem like “common sense” at first blush that it’s safer to slow down large vehicles and reduce the force multipliers in a potential crash, the consequences of split speeds could end up increasing the number of crashes, something nobody should want to see.

Would’ve been nice to hear what CBS’s opinion on the rest of that story might be. 

17 comments:

  1. I noticed that some of the trucks in the video that crashed already have their speed limited but CBS failed to mention that

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    1. I'm more interested in how many cars caused it

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  2. The lame stream media and others of their ilk have Never been known for letting little Pesky things like Facts get in the way of pushing their agenda; ie ABC and the Chevy pickup fuel tank explosions, the truck drivers are the cause of any and all woes of the American Public (motoring or not), etc.

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  3. They didn't mention the fact that studies have been done on states that require slower speeds for trucks. The speed differential causes cars to have more interactions with trucks (passing them in an unsafe manner, tailgating, etc.) which causes more accidents.

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  4. I wonder if some of the accidents they showed were actually caused by an automobile....with no speed limiter...

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    1. In Illinois in 2014 there were over 1000 traffic deaths. Roughly one quarter involved large trucks. Only one quarter of those were caused by the truck!

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    2. Statistics already prove that cars cause almost 80% of all accidents involving trucks

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  5. I think these so called news people think this is a new black box type when in reality it is all ready on the truck.In fact they do not know that their car has one. SMH.

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  6. Half the trucks they showed already at 65 cost 62 if I pay 50to 80,000 for a truck u want to slow down sorry it ain't right trucks and cars on hey together there going to reck don't drive if u don't want to take that chance if the feds would change are hours of service the right way the trucks would slow down company and drivers at this point can't make the money because the so smart feds changed are hour of service 10 off for 10 on duty end of every week 34 off how in God's name can make money with that shit no me or any body so take some damn blame feds tell the truth that's y trucks are driving so damn fast it's hours of service the feds put on use its not very hard to learn it's called the TRUTH FEDS!!!

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    1. Shut up you clearly have no clue

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  7. Couple speed limiters with electronic logs, and what you have is a recipe for drivers to have to get in their trucks and drive for hours straight.
    No breaks.
    No meals.
    No bathrooms.
    Dispatch will make sure the timings are so tight, you don't have time to blink.
    They got crap to move, and don't care about whose moving it.
    Fatigue, what's that?
    The roads will be much safer.

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  8. Ifor trucks are speeding then pull them over and give them a ticket. More trucks than ever are speeding in zones less than their trucks are governed because the drivers are making up for lost time they lose for going only 62, 63, 64, 65 or so. This causes a driver to work and extra hour or 2. Fatigue is the main truck industry problem. Fix the HOS such as doing away with the 30 minute mandated rest break that has us taking 1 or even 2 a day on all of the several of mini breaks we take. Bring back open split sleeper rules to help us take a nap if we are tired such as switching from nights to days and days to nights or if we are just in need of a nap or even a nap to prevent having to drive in rush hour or a passing storm and provide PARKING and parking within metropolitan areas too so we are not part of rush hour traffic causing more traffic and accidents! These are your problems DOT! SPEEDLIMITERS AND ELD's causes fatalities and SHOULD BE ILLEGAL!

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  9. Ifor trucks are speeding then pull them over and give them a ticket. More trucks than ever are speeding in zones less than their trucks are governed because the drivers are making up for lost time they lose for going only 62, 63, 64, 65 or so. This causes a driver to work and extra hour or 2. Fatigue is the main truck industry problem. Fix the HOS such as doing away with the 30 minute mandated rest break that has us taking 1 or even 2 a day on all of the several of mini breaks we take. Bring back open split sleeper rules to help us take a nap if we are tired such as switching from nights to days and days to nights or if we are just in need of a nap or even a nap to prevent having to drive in rush hour or a passing storm and provide PARKING and parking within metropolitan areas too so we are not part of rush hour traffic causing more traffic and accidents! These are your problems DOT! SPEEDLIMITERS AND ELD's causes fatalities and SHOULD BE ILLEGAL!

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    1. Are you a driver? You can't work an extra hr or two period. Common sense is that this speed limiter crap will make the roads more dangerous because car drivers cant drive as it is

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  10. People not paying atention and playing on elictronis cause more wrecks then speed so make eliectronics not work while in motion

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  11. I'm sure if it goes in to law that it will be the cause of much more road rage. We already see way too much of that.

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  12. Will not improve safety in fact it will decrease safety but the feds are too stupid to see it

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