A working group met Thursday to discuss the 10 mph speed limit differential between passenger vehicles and heavy trucks on Idaho’s interstate highways.
The speed limit for passenger vehicles on Idaho’s four interstates is 75 mph while tractor-trailers, 10-wheel vehicles and semi-trucks are limited to 65 mph. The panel is examining how safety and traffic flow are impacted by the speed limit difference.
The committee is comprised of legislators, trucking, transportation and law enforcement representatives and the American Automobile Association.
Idaho Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Hammond conducted the meeting at the state capitol, with the intent of forming potential recommendations to the Legislature. The 2012 Idaho Legislature requested the study following introduction of Senate Bill 1229, which would have increased the speed limit for heavy trucks to the same speed posted for other vehicles if the bill had passed. (ITD)