vehicle electronic stability control

NHTSA Safety Rule for Heavy Trucks and Large Buses 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a press release about a groundbreaking final rule on heavy-duty vehicle electronic stability control. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has just announced the final rule that will require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses. This technology has already been saving lives in smaller passenger occupant vehicles, and now it’s going to be required in larger heavier trucks and busses.

What is Electronic Stability Control?

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) automatically and instantly maintains directional control in situations where the driver’s own steering and braking cannot be accomplished quickly enough to prevent a wreck. At this time, the NHTSA estimates that ESC on trucks and buses could save nearly 50 lives a year. Additionally, an estimated 1,759 total crashes and 649 injuries could be prevented. ESC is also estimated to prevent more than half of all untripped, rollover crashes.

The Final Rule on ESC

Transportation Secretary Foxx announced that ESC systems will be required on heavy trucks and large buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross weight. A “J-turn” test will be used to determine compliance within the industry, and the rule will take effect for most large trucks two years from publication and three years or four years for other larger buses.

Societal Impacts of Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents don’t just impact the lives of those involved in the crashes. When commercial trucks and large buses are involved in accidents, it’s incredibly expensive for victims involved and taxpayers. Increased safety for the commercial trucking industry does more than improve overall roadway safety. Reducing the number of crashes, especially those involving large trucks, will help to keep traffic and goods moving and reduce costs associated with trucking accident related deaths, injuries and property damage.

After a Truck or Bus Accident

Hopefully, the implementation of this new rule will help to improve safety for all motorists. Accidents involving large commercial trucks and buses can be especially devastating for victims in smaller passenger occupant vehicles.

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