Proposed Legislation: Mandate for HD Trucks with Side Underguards — Again

Date: March 14, 2019
Source: Transport Topics Magazine

Companion bipartisan bills have been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate and House that call for a new regulation that would require trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to install side underride guards and ensure that rear guards meet an upgraded specified performance standard.

The bill also mandates a front underride guard on heavy commercial vehicles, which are not yet commercially available in the U.S.

The legislation, reintroduced March 5, was immediately opposed by American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Similar companion bills were introduced in December 2017, but failed to garner the support to be referred out of committee.

“The trucking industry spends more than $9.5 billion on improving highway safety — including investments in a number of technologies proven to reduce crashes,” ATA said in a March 11 statement. “ATA believes the government should focus on crash avoidance technologies and strategies rather than expensive and unproven collision mitigation equipment… To continue reading, CLICK HERE.

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