An economic impact study of the 55-mph national speed limit on trucking concludes that a very dangerous situation currently exists in certain segments of the industry and any attempt to reduce speeds at present freight rate levels will simply force a greater number of excess hours and increase the probability of accidents. The reduction in speed from 70 mph to 55 mph trims 20 percent or more off the number of miles a truck can cover per day within hours-of-service limitations. The current surplus in the trucking industry and the constraint it imposes on increased pricing has forced non-compliance with speed limits & hours-of-service. The report recommends that no truck be permitted a speed capability of more than 62 mph, that a minimum revenue formula be developed for owner operators who are leased to carriers and for exempt loads, and that explorations be made to determine the economic advantage of motor-carrier-managed trailer-on-flatcar trains between major U.S. cities.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chilton Company

    Chestnut and 56th Streets
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19139
  • Authors:
    • Cross, R
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

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  • Accession Number: 00135875
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM