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Speed limiters anticipated in 2023

The new year is quickly approaching and 2023 could see several proposals for new safety regulations, most notably including speed limiters, as reported by Truckers News. The Department of Transportation’s most recently released Significant Rulemaking Report suggested that 2023 will be a year of increased ruling regarding speed limiters.

Additionally, the FMCSA stated that it “intends to proceed with a motor carrier-based speed limiter rulemaking.”

Robin Hutcheson, an administrator at FMCSA, told Overview that she understands the value of speed limiters.

“(They) are definitely something we think is important for safety,” she said. Hutcheson went on to comment about the information limiters show about a collision, “the data shows us that speed is an indicator of whether or not someone dies or is seriously injured.”

With this data in mind, the agency is looking to equip trucks with electronic control units that can mandate speed regulations, however, the limit for speed has yet to be agreed upon.

The FMCSA stated that they intend to publish a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking no later than June 30, 2023, in the Federal Register. This notice will invite public comment. Earlier this year a notice of intent was filed by the FMCSA which garnered over 14,500 responses. The agency has taken the time to review each of these 14,500 comments.

“If you would like to know if this is going to happen quickly, we need to be diligent about sifting through the comments, reading the comments, understanding the comments,” Hutcheson said. “That is what we’re doing now. We are working through the comments that we have received.”