Illinois passed a new law aimed at benefiting fleet management owners and revising truck driving safety regulations. The bill signed by Governor Patrick Quinn is schedules to go into effect at the beginning of 2012, expanding on similar legislation from 2009, Land Line Magazine reports.
Beginning in January of next year, truckers will be able to maintain the same speeds as other motorists on certain highways in the state. On many divided highways and rural interstate roads, the new universal speed limit will be 65 miles per hour.
Officials of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) say that the streamlined speed limits will improve trucking safety for everyone who uses the state's roadways.
Todd Spencer, the OOIDA's executive vice president, told the news source, "There is no scenario where a policy to set different speed limits would make any safety sense."
According to Trucking Info, other laws that have been put into action alongside the bill on speed limits. These include an increase in the freight weight allowed for trucks installed with auxiliary power units that improve trucker health and keep expenses low for business owners.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
As 2012 comes to a close, trucking executives and fleet managers are trying to anticipate what the key issues facing the industry will be in 2013.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
The New Jersey Assembly is targeting trucking companies for improperly listing professional drivers who have completed CDL training as independent contractors.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
The New York State Thruway Authority proposed a 45 percent increase in toll prices, which will take effect in October if the plan is implemented.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Officials in Michigan recently changed a law regulating the size of semi-trucks and trailers after realizing that the law did not reflect regulations in other states and in Canada, according to Northwest MichiganÂ’s Second Wave.