American Towman Magazine - August 2022

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Supplier Scoop TRAA Opposes DOT Rulemaking

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The Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. (TRAA) has filed a comment in opposition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed rulemaking on Speed Limiting Devices [Docket No. FMCSA–2022– 0004]. TRAA’s comment outlines our concerns regarding responder and motorist safety and addresses the specific questions referenced in the docket. Any proposal that prevents operators from adhering to state Move Over Laws, limits their ability to react to roadway hazards, or has the potential to increase interactions and crashes is dangerous to responders and the motoring public. The proposal would require that, “(CMVs) in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater, that are equipped with an electronic engine control unit (ECU) capable of governing the maximum speed be required to limit the CMV to a speed to be determined by the rulemaking and to maintain that ECU setting for the service life of the vehicle.” A speed has not been determined, but previous proposals mentioned rates of 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour. In addition to submitting a letter of comment in the register, TRAA has also joined forces with other organizations that are also in opposition to the proposal including OOIDA and others. As towers’ voice on Capitol Hill, TRAA is advocating on behalf of the industry and its members. TRAA appreciates the support of each and every member. TRAA’s comments, among all others, on the Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operations; Speed Limiting Devices can also be viewed at www. regulations.gov by entering Docket No. FMCSA-2022-0004 in the search bar.

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