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ATA Endorses Setting Limits on New Trucks at 68 Miles Per Hour

February 15, 2006

During the group’s annual meeting in Tampa, Fla., the American Trucking Assoc. has endorsed a move to limit the maximum speed of large trucks at the time of manufacture to 68 miles per hour, according to TTNews.com. The move is aimed at reducing the number and severity of speed-related crashes among all vehicles on U.S. highways, and is part of a comprehensive trucking industry highway safety initiative that has produced a record low large truck fatality rate, said ATA in a statement.The maximum governed speed effort follows a study of the issue by ATA motor carriers and truck safety experts, which found that nearly 75 percent of the trucks evaluated in the study already had speed governors, and that most were set at 70 mph or lower. Other ATA safety initiatives include a call for universal primary safety belt laws in all 50 states and the enforcement of traffic laws against unsafe driving actions around large trucks.
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