The Department of Transportation announced Nov. 1, with less than a week before the original comment period ended, it is giving owner-operators and other industry stakeholders an extra 30 days to formally comment on its proposed rule to govern truck speeds. Comments are now due by the end of the day Dec. 7.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the American Trucking Associations filed requests with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to extend the comment period since it opened Sept. 7. OOIDA requested an extra 60 days, while ATA requested an extra 30 days.
The proposed rule doesn’t specify a speed to which trucks would be governed, but instead seeks feedback from the industry on either a 60 miles per hour, 65 mph or 68 mph limit. Truckers and other industry stakeholders that have commented so far have been mostly opposed to the rule, as evidenced here and here.