I see that recently, the ‘Truckload Carriers Association’, the TCA, now approves of the 65 mph speed limit policy.
Their reasoning? The policy is another move in their campaign, to improve the public image of the trucking industry, and of course influence the public’s view of this industry……in other words… ‘politics’.
When are those issues of dire importance to the average trucker on a 2 lane road, trying to pass another vehicle, in their opinion? Never.
Where is the consideration for safety in this policy on a 2 lane road?
Yes, one could argue a little more effectively for a speed limiter policy on the interstates, where the policy would either encourage a safer driving zone or a huge traffic block, as 18 wheelers block a few lanes trying to pass each other.
But only a truck driver would know the feeling when you’re driving a heavily loaded truck, and you can’t quite get by ‘Granny Clampett’ on the 2 lane because you got up beside her when passing and THEN…she puts her foot into it, and you’re trapped in the wrong lane! This happens a lot.
Policies are great in an ideal world, with nothing but ideal situations and driving conditions. Trucking has never been the occupant of an ideal world, only a ‘real one’.
The province of Ontario has a speed limit law for heavy rigs. Ask the average Ontario resident how they enjoy being trapped behind a truck on a Friday night, heading out of Toronto on the 401, or being stuck behind a big truck on Highway #17, headed to cottage country, on a summer weekend.
I believe there is value to controlling the speed of all vehicles, not just trucks.
However, don’t we already have a system in place to control that already? In Ontario, and most other spots, the O.P.P. and state troopers do a pretty decent job of patrolling speeders.
We don’t need any more rules and policies. Let’s just focus and enforce the ones we already have in place….for everyone on the road.