October 20, 2006

Group moves to limit speed of new trucks

U.S. trucking-industry leaders proposed Friday that all new heavy trucks be equipped with tamperproof controls to prevent them from going faster than 68 mph. For the sake of safety, there is a need to slow down all traffic, said Bill Graves, the president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, based in Alexandria, Va. The proposal, Graves said, is meant to address the problem of increasing highway-death rates, which after many years of decline have risen modestly since 2000.

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