Regulations May Require Commercial Trucks to Have Speed Governors

by | May 1st, 2015

You’re bound to come across a “gator” on New York roads sooner than later. But these aren’t alligators—gator is the trucker’s term for the remnants of a blown 18-wheeler tire.

Blown commercial truck tires litter the roadways in our state, and they put motorists at risk of injury from an accident. And, as it turns out, there may be a correlation between blown tires and other factors that could affect highway safety.

Mark Rosekind, one of the top safety chiefs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is calling for changes to truck driving rules and regulations that would require all commercial trucks to be equipped with electronic governors to control speed. Rosekind says controlling the speeds at which big rigs travel is crucial to safety because the trucks and their tires aren’t designed to travel above 75 mph.

Claims Journal cites an NHTSA investigation into a truck accident that occurred after a blown tire. Officials stated that while truck owners are often partially at fault for not properly regulating tire pressure, commercial trucks are also often operating at speeds higher than their trucks or tires are designed to handle.

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