Wisconsin truckers slow down; association asks for lower speed limit

Friday, May 09, 2008

From an article by Rick Romell in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The trucking industry's largest lobbying group called Thursday for a nationwide 65 mph speed limit, heavier trailers and other steps to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and save billions of gallons of fuel.

And Green Bay-based Schneider National Inc., one of the country's biggest trucking firms, went even further: The company on Thursday cut the top cruising speed on its 10,600 tractors to 60 mph.

"We encourage others in the industry to make this commitment with us," Schneider President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Lofgren said at a news conference in Washington, D.C., announcing the industry initiative.

Schneider's additional efforts aside, the proposals by the American Trucking Associations could potentially eliminate 900 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 10 years, the organization said.