Bill would limit heavy truck speed to 65 mph

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As opposed to 80,000 pounds dependent on 200 pounds of a human which needs rest and relaxation every four hours in order to properly function as a driver, something the industry is set up from the top-down to discourage? Certainly, something will go wrong and when it does, it'll make headlines. But the casualties will go down.
You show you know nothing about Truckers. Only liberals need that every 4 hours. We must take a half hour break every 8 hours
 

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You show you know nothing about Truckers. Only liberals need that every 4 hours. We must take a half hour break every 8 hours
You might as well say "only liberals need to use the bathroom on a regular basis."

It's a basic fact of human biology: Driving for more than four hours without a break is inherently dangerous.

The body isn't built to remain alert for that period of time without stretching, movement and outdoor refreshment.

Simple realities like this are why we deem drivers to be drunk on the basis of BAC, not "ability to hold liquor."
 
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Something has changed in the last year or so. I routinely see trucks hitting 80+ mph. I have mixed feelings about those speeds, but limiting trucks to 65 mph would be stupid for a lot of different reasons.
 

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Bullshit. Does requiring a medical license "rip money from the wallets of would be medical doctors" ?
Not even close to a fair comparison. Try and follow along. Truck drivers are paid by the mile. They can only work a certain number of hours each day and a certain number of hours per week. When you cut the speed that they can travel during that time down, you literally take money out of their wallets. Truck drivers can work no more than 60 hours on duty over a seven day period. Drivers are limited to 14 hours of duty time per day, after a 10 hour break. Only 11 hours of those 14 can be driving. They must take a 30 minute break. So, if a driver can only have 60 hours of on duty time over a 7 day period. That means a maximum of 8.5 hours per day of on duty time. On duty includes loading, unloading, waiting in traffic, scale time, as well as driving. Let's say that a driver is getting 8 hours per day drive time average for seven days a week. That's 56 hours per week. At 70 mph that's 3920 miles a week. A company driver gets about 35¢ per mile. That's about $1372 per week before taxes, benefits, and insurance. Slow that driver down to 65 mph? That takes him to 3640 miles per week or $1274 per week. You just took $5,096 out of that driver's pocket per year.

Now, an owner operator? They make $2.00 - $2.50 per mile. Talk about a big hit in the wallet?
 
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Not even close to a fair comparison. Try and follow along. Truck drivers are paid by the mile. They can only work a certain number of hours each day and a certain number of hours per week. When you cut the speed that they can travel during that time down, you literally take money out of their wallets. Truck drivers can work no more than 60 hours on duty over a seven day period. Drivers are limited to 14 hours of duty time per day, after a 10 hour break. Only 11 hours of those 14 can be driving. They must take a 30 minute break. So, if a driver can only have 60 hours of on duty time over a 7 day period. That means a maximum of 8.5 hours per day of on duty time. On duty includes loading, unloading, waiting in traffic, scale time, as well as driving. Let's say that a driver is getting 8 hours per day drive time average for seven days a week. That's 56 hours per week. At 70 mph that's 3920 miles a week. A company driver gets about 35¢ per mile. That's about $1372 per week before taxes, benefits, and insurance. Slow that driver down to 65 mph? That takes him to 3640 miles per week or $1274 per week. You just took $5,096 out of that driver's pocket per year.

Now, an owner operator? They make $2.00 - $2.50 per mile. Talk about a big hit in the wallet?

Bill would limit heavy truck speed to 65 mph