I recently wrote about the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for tanker trucks to have rollover/stability systems to prevent truck accidents. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is readying a proposal that would require truck tractors to be equipped with stability control systems.
In its proposal, slated for publication by year-end, NHTSA is expected to spec out a standard that’s already in use by many fleets, thanks chiefly to its safety benefits. (Systems are now estimated to be in place on almost one-quarter of large trucks.) The upcoming proposal will only cover tractors. Still unclear: the NHTSA’s stance on the two approaches to stability tech: Electronic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control.
NHTSA notes that rollover and loss-of-control truck crashes cause over 300 deaths and almost 3000 injuries a year. It suggests that anti-rollover systems could prevent up to 66 deaths and 1000 injuries a year. And while the systems could cost the trucking industry over $100 million a year, they could also save almost $400 million by preventing damage and delays.
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