Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is applauding a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that would equip large vehicles, such as trucks and buses, with speed-limiting devices to cap the speed at which they can travel.
The Department’s proposal would require all newly manufactured vehicles with a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds to come equipped with the speed-limiting devices.
The proposed rule considers speed caps of 60, 65, and 68 mph. Collins calls such a proposal “overdue” and maintains that the change will reduce injuries and highway fatalities. And she says the lower speed limits will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save millions in fuel.
The proposal is currently open for public comment.