September 17, 2011, ERIE, PA — The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration has decided to study a recommendation that all heavy commercial vehicles be fitted with speed governors that would limit the maximum speed of the truck to 68 mph.
Speed governors in heavy commercial trucks have been a recurring issue in truck safety discussions. Semi-trucks come from the factory equipped with such speed limiting devices but the devices are frequently disabled by trucking companies who want to maximize speed.
With the exception of the United States, the world’s leading developed nations all require speed governors in big rigs. Speed governors are required in Japan, Canada, the European Union and Australia and limit speeds to somewhere between 55 and 65 mph. RoadSafe America reports that fatal commercial truck accident rates in those countries are lower than those in the United States.
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