OOIDA asks for removal of speed limiter mandate from legislation

Association says public deserves opportunity to comment on proposal

Posted September 22, 2016

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) announced that it has asked the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to exclude language from any federal spending measures that mandates the installation of speed limiters on heavy commercial vehicles. The Association says that to do so would undermine the regulatory process and take away the public’s ability to make informed comments to an already proposed rule.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require each new U.S. multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck, bus, and school bus with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds be equipped with a speed limiting device.

OOIDA points out that language currently included in the Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Funding (THUD) bill would force FMCSA and NHTSA to issue a final rule that mandates this policy, ignoring the ability of industry stakeholders to help shape the regulations affecting them through the traditional federal rulemaking process.

The Association says that Congress should take time to understand the impact this policy would have on highway safety and allow the rulemaking process to continue rather than imposing a mandate through the appropriations process.

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