The new bill will limit the speed of truck movement

May 28, 20210

A new bipartisan Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act was introduced on May, 25.

The bill is named for 22-year-old Atlanta resident Callum Owings, who died in the vehicle accident in 2002, where a car collided with the semi truck.

A similar bill was introduced in the Senate in 2019. It listed regulations that required all new commercial vehicles with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more to be equipped with speed-limiting technology, set to a maximum speed of 65 mph.

“Millions of motorists are within a few feet of 80,000-pound tractor trailer rigs each day, and there is no reason why that equipment should be driven at 75 or 80 or 85 mph,” said Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA in Little Rock, Arkansas, co-founder and president of the Trucking Alliance and also a former chairman of the American Trucking Associations. “This legislation will reduce the severity of large truck crashes and make the nation’s roadways safer for our drivers and all of us.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sent a letter to the US Department of Transportation against mandatory speed limits. The letter says that creating a “speed difference” between cars and trucks is unsafe.


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