Usually the thought of regulation makes my stomach churn, but this one doesn't sound too bad. Irecently read a Transport Topics article that documented NHTSA's desire to lower speed limits forheavy trucks. On the surface I thought, great, more regulation. Now trucks with a limited driver pool willbe going even slower to make their deliveries.
Upon Reading Further, Some Interesting Facts Emerge:
A major trucking company found that when speeds were reduced from 65 to 55 there was nosignificant change in productivity
Reducing the speed, even by a small margin, can increase fuel economy by .6 mpg
Lower speeds have been shown to lower the number of accidents
Less speed puts less pollution in the airIf the data is true and untainted, this could be huge for car haulers and truckers. If the reduction in speed limit reduced theproductivity, I would probably rail against it. The sixth largest carrier in the country has found that it has not affected them. The reasonthis is so, is because of good route planning..To make this speed reduction work, trucking companies, fleet managers, and owner operators will have to plan their trips with thelower speed in mind. The key to productivity is getting the cargo their by the deadline the customer needs it. As long as the lowerspeed makes it possible with the total available amount of time, it could work. Basically, all you are doing is budgeting more time tosave the environment, save money on gas, and save lives. You are trading one benefit, getting to a destination at a faster clip to getthree other benefits. Considering the fact that lower speed limits will put more money in your pocket, help keep you alive, and make itpossible to breathe the air, I say give it a chance.
TAX BREAKS TO TRUCKERS
Here it comes again. A bill to give tax breaks to truckers and fleets is going into Congress. This will bethe third time it has been attempted. The bill will allow up to $3,500 of tax deductions if used for safetysystems purchases that involve:Brake MonitoringCollision WarningLane Departure WarningVehicle StabilityI say...go for it. Get this passed. No one wants truck accidents. The cost in life, injury, and lost worktime, more than merit the purchase of these systems, with or without a tax credit. All of thetechnologies listed above focus on areas where a large percentage of the accidents occur. There are always freak accidents, but anyinsurance company will tell you, you play the percentages.The areas where problems and deadly accidents occur do tend to focus around a few key areas. Imagine the collision alarm cuttingout 60% or 80% of all the collision based truck accidents. That could equal 25,000 to 100,000 lives a year alone. I would say that isworth it. What gets lost in the statistics is that every 'percentage' involves the injury or death of at least 2 people. It is very easy tostop looking at these as victims, and seeing them as cold statistics. The benefits become very real when you say that a collisionalarm could prevent the death of 25,000 people.All the sudden, the reality hits home that safety devices are in the best interest of the ENTIRE road going public. I cannot see whyCongress did not pass this the first time. The Department of Transportation has added 5 billion dollars of costs to the industry. All thiswas done in the name of safety, and with devastating economic consequences. Focusing on devices that save lives makes moresense than some of the CSA regulations. These devices prevent cataclysmic truck accidents that impact everyone. Compare thiswith the CSA regulation involving points for a broken taillight. I can tell you there have been ten times more fatalities in a head oncollision (which a collision alarm would help prevent) than a broken taillight.I certainly hope Congress sees it this way...East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales wants to be your premier dealer for truck and trailer sales, parts and service. We sell a variety ofparts from tie down bars, chains & clusters, strap technology, chrome, dollies, safety gear, and more. Please call us anytime at 1-866-849-2178.Sincerely,Michael Saks, Internet Commerce ManagerEast Coast Truck and Trailer Salesmsaks@ectts.com