INCREASE CALIFORNIA TRUCK SPEED TO 65 MPH

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There is a huge gap between car speeds (traveling at 60 to 75 mph) and truck speeds (traveling at 55 mph) in the state of California on the state highway systems. Sometimes the speed difference between large trucks and smaller vehicles can exceed 15 to 25 mph. This is something that I have personally experienced.
I would like to propose that truck speeds be set at about 65 mph, similar to other states. This I believe would expedite load delivery, have truck drivers adhere to the new ELD law being implemented in December and most of all, it would improve driver safety as driver fatigue would reduce due to faster load deliveries. Currently at 55 mph, drivers have to spend more time on the roads, taking longer to deliver loads thus increasing fatigue and load rates (due to fewer load deliveries). I firmly believe that this slight increase in truck speed from 55 mph to 65 mph would increase safety, reduce load time turn arounds, reduce fatigue, increase truck driver salaries and increase overall production.
One suggestion can be that in rural area truck speeds can be increased from 55 mph to 65 mph. While in densely populated areas the truck speed limits can be left at 55 mph.



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