Pedal to the Metal: Idaho Lawmakers Consider Truck Speed Limits

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Idaho lawmakers, law enforcement and private interests from the trucking and logging industries are huddling at the Idaho Statehouse today, discussing the 10 mph speed limit differential between passenger vehicles and heavy trucks on Gem State highways.

The speed limit for passenger vehicles on interstates is 75 mph while tractor-trailers, 10-wheel vehicles and semi-trucks are limited to 65 mph.

Today's meeting is expected to result in possible recommendations to the 2013 Idaho Legislature. This study group was formed following last session's introduction of Senate Bill 1229, which would have allowed heavy trucks to travel at the same speed limit as other vehicles if the bill had passed.

"The diffferentials came into being when changes were allowed for higher tonnage for trucks," Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Hammond told the Coeur d'Alene Press. "Truckers are still going to drive different speeds, so the net result wouldn't likely bring a lot of change in the activity on the road."

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