Idaho Transportation Department To Discuss Interstate Speed Differences


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho (KMVT-TV) – A working group will meet Oct. 11 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 Working Group on Truck Speed Differential in Idaho will examine 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.

The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the House Majority Caucus Meeting Room, (E-403) at the Idaho Capitol in Boise.
Idaho Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Hammond will conduct the meeting, 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.

Members of the working group include:
• Sen. Jim Hammond, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee
• Sen. Tim Corder
• Sen. Diane Bilyeu
• Rep. Joe Palmer, chairman of the House Transportation and Defense Committee
• Rep. Rich Wills
• Rep. Phylis King
• Greg Laragan, highway operations engineer, ITD
• Tom Cole, chief engineer, ITD
• Bill Moad, Trucking Advisory Council chairman
• Lt. Jim Eavenson, Idaho State Police
• Dave Carlson, AAA, Idaho
• Kathy Fowers, Idaho Trucking Association president
• Bill Rode, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
• Jerry Deckard, Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho

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