Safety Implications of Allowing Trucks with Gross Weight of 6,501-10,000 pounds to Drive 55 mph on Non-limited Access Highways of Less Than Four Lanes

Report No: 76-R39

Published in 1976

About the report:

From a review of relevant research studies and laws of other states, it was concluded that changing the speed limit for vehicles of 6,501-10,000 pound gross weight would be premature pending further evidence that trucks of this size do not significantly differ from cars in their operational characteristics.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Robert A. Gouldin

Last updated: December 7, 2023

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