Pro: Powering safety improvements

by Michael D. Spence, senior vice president of fleet services, CTP, Fleet Advantage

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is proposing a new rule for heavy-duty truck operators that would set a maximum travel speed. The rule is expected to save more than $1 billion in fuel annually as well as improve safety efforts for drivers, trucks, and passengers across the country. The rule, proposed by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), would set important safety standards mandating all new vehicles with a gross weight of more than 26,000 lbs. be equipped with a speed limiter device.

Many fleets are already using speed limiting technology as a way to help manage fuel costs and increase their chances of safer transportation routes. And with advanced technology already embedded into today’s new trucks, leveraging, monitoring and extracting data from the electronic control module is a practice that’s commonplace for many of these fleets leading the industry into the future.

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