Several states are considering changes to laws that enforce speed differentials, requiring trucks to drive at different speeds than other vehicles.
According to reports, new proposals in California, Indiana and Iowa would do away with speed differentials for trucks and other large vehicles. Most speed differential laws like this are opposed by organizations like the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA), who advocate that they have a negative impact on safety.
Current California law limits large vehicles to 55 miles per hour in some locations while smaller vehicles are permitted to drive 65 MPH. Indiana’s current law limits all vehicles over 26,000 pounds to 65 MPH (compared to 70 MPH for cars). Iowa wants to raise its speed limit to 75 MPH for all vehicles. Only two states that have a speed limit set at 75 MPH require trucks to travel at lower speeds.