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National Truck Fuel Economy Test #55097

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 01, 1978
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(Studio) Report on attempt by truck drivers to prove that 55 m.p.h. speed limit isn't economical.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

[East Liberty, Ohio) Details given about showdown between group of independent truck drivers, like Bob Zedeker, and government testers in attempt to prove 55 m.p.h. limit isn't economy for truckers; truckers loss in all tests reported [Trucker John DIETZ - believes government wouldn't conduct tests and have press coverage without knowing government would win.] Private admissions by some government officials that test was publicity tool to prove what's been known stated. [National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. director Joan CLAYBROOK - says hwys. belong to public, who has right to enforce speed laws.] Govt.'s contention that 55 m.p.h. limit is best for fuel economy and truckers' opposition to limit based on pure econs. noted.
REPORTER: Richard Mayk

Mayk, Richard;
Robinson, Max

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