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DOT effort to slow big-rig trucks in a slowdown of its own

Just because a semitrailer tuck is big doesn't mean it can't speed. Anyone who plies the highways from Austin to Houston knows that's true. Federal regulators know it, too, as we pointed out in an article not long ago.

Vehicles of any size can be deadly if they are involved in a collision. If a big-rig truck happens to be one of them, the devastation in terms of fatal or serious injury is worse. Research suggests that slowing things down a bit should help reduce the number and seriousness of crashes, which is why the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to put speed limiters on the heaviest of trucks.

The original plan for employing speed limiters, or governors, called for the rule to be in place by the fall of 2014. But here it is 2016, and the rule remains only a proposal.

In fact, the DOT's latest monthly regulatory update for March says two pending rule publications are being delayed once more. Both could have significant implications for improving safety on the highways.

The rule on speed would require governors on any truck that weighs more than 27,000 pounds. It's not clear what speed federal officials have in mind, but it's widely speculated within the trucking industry that it will be 65 mph or less. The latest projection for when it could become public is now sometime this spring.

The second rule on the table would create a database of individuals carrying commercial driver's licenses who have failed or refused drug or alcohol tests. Employers would have to report the information to regulators and check the database when interviewing to hire. It was to have been published in July. Now officials say it will be August.

Carriers and their insurers are already prepared to defend their interests against possible accident claims. They will adjust to the new rules whenever they come and whatever they call for. Victims of accidents would be equally wise to work with experienced counsel to be sure their interests are protected.

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