Speed Limiter Rule, Minimum Insurance Requirement Delayed a Month by Regulators

Federal regulators have moved back by nearly a month their projected announcements of two proposed rules, one that would raise the minimum insurance requirement for interstate motor carriers, and the other requiring speed limiters on heavy trucks, according to a new Department of Transportation report.

The proposed speed limiter rule has been delayed several times — most recently projected for Dec. 12 — and now is not anticipated until Jan. 12.

A proposal to raise the insurance minimum, originally scheduled for publication later this month, has been delayed until Oct. 22, according to DOT.

The speed limiter rule is a combined effort of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was first requested in 2006 in petitions by American Trucking Associations and Road Safe America, and both groups have been critical of the delays.

The minimum financial responsibility rule has been fast-tracked by FMCSA since the agency released a study in April indicating that the required $750,000 minimum insurance is not adequate to cover most serious-injury and fatal crashes.