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It was introduced before the Senate and seeks to end the speed limiters proposed by the Department of Transportation. It was in late 2022 when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented the speed limiter debate for semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds.
Republican Congressman Josh Brecheen (Oklahoma representative) introduced the Deregulation of Restrictions on Interstate Vehicles and Eighteen-Wheeler Vehicles (DRIVE) Act. This norm, as reported by the CCJ portal: “would prohibit the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from issuing a rule or regulation that requires certain vehicles to be equipped with speed limiting devices, and for other purposes.”
Now the project is in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.
Brecheen explained that the limiters are a “Biden Administration overreach” that have a “potential to negatively impact all facets of the trucking and agricultural industries.” In addition, the congressman clarified that it is an “arbitrary one-size-fits-all speed limit imposed by some bureaucrat sitting at his desk in Washington, DC.”
In the same sense, David Owen, president of NASTC stated that speed limiters on commercial vehicles increase the speed differences between cars and trucks which impairs traffic. “Mandatory speed limiters would likely cost more lives and cause more accidents and injuries,” CCJ said and posted.
Another of the congressman’s positions that leads him to be against this measure is the expense of the speed limiter that would especially affect small operators. Brecheen added on transport related to farm and livestock: “You can’t transport it legally. You must go buy… a speed limiting device that the federal government now says you can’t save you money. So, for agriculture small-margin, ranching, is just another… regulatory affront to earn a living for [the] working men and women of the United States.”