Donald Trump’s anti-regulation stance will deal a death blow to a proposed safety rule mandating electronic speed limiters on most heavy-duty commercial trucks, some industry analysts say.
The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rule for speed limiters in trucks weighing 26,000 pounds or more reached the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “proposed rulemaking” phase in September after several years of contentious debate.
The proposed rule calls for the implementation of devices that cap the maximum speed a commercial truck can travel between 62 and 68 mph.
Shortly after taking office, Donald Trump ordered federal agencies to kill all new regulations that had not been finalized and delay the implementation of any new ones that had been published. NHTSA’s proposed speed limiter rule falls into the category of regulations that will almost certainly be axed under Trump.
“[Trump’s regulatory] freeze I think is a death knell for the speed limiter mandate — that’s an easy one since so many in the industry have ripped it apart,” said Joe Rajkovacz, head of regulatory affairs for the Western States Trucking Associations, according to Commercial Carrier Journal.
Even if the bill still had the support from some industry groups like it once had, it would be very difficult to push through Trump’s anti-regulation administration. Last month, Trump indicated that there would be no more careful consideration of safety regulations unless two regulations were scrapped for every new one passed.
“This will be the largest ever cut by far in terms of regulations. If you have a regulation you want, number one we’re not going to approve it,” Trump said. “The only way you have a chance is we have to knock out two regulations for every new regulation. So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”