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Public Comment Deadline for Speed-Limiting Proposal is Dec. 7

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 06, 2016 in Truck Accidents

truck on the highwayThe public comment deadline for a proposal to add speed-limiting devices to heavy-duty vehicles will end on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

On Nov. 1, the 30-day public comment deadline was extended to this Wednesday to provide more time for interested parties to comment and submit evidence to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The proposal was put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in August.

It would require any new trucks, buses and vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds have speed-limiting devices installed. The proposal recommends setting maximum speed limits for these vehicles at 60 mph, 65 mph and 68 mph. This could potentially save lives and $1 billion in annual fuel costs.   

Ted Bassett, president of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), has created a public comment document that individuals can sign and send to the DOT so their voices can be heard. Download the document here.

The document encourages the DOT to expand the proposal to include all trucks manufactured in 1992 or afterward, as these vehicles already have speed limiters. It also notes that a 60 mph speed limit could save 500 lives each year.

D'Amico & Pettinicchi encourages you to download the document, sign it and send it to the DOT. Our firm is a staunch supporter of measures to reduce dangerous truck accidents that often cause deaths or severe injuries. We are dedicated to fighting for fair compensation for those injured in truck accidents.

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