NHTSA Proposes ESC Mandate for Trucks and Buses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a new standard requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems to be equipped on commercial trucks and buses, according to TruckingInfo.com. According to the regulation, vehicles weighing more than 26,000 lbs. would require the ESC systems.

ESC systems utilize computers that can detect when a vehicle is losing traction on the road or losing steering control and applies braking and helps correct steering. ESC systems were innovated by Mercedes-Benz and BMW in 1987. NHTSA research shows that ESC systems can prevent up to 56 percent of truck accidents caused by rollover and another 14% percent of loss-of-control crashes.

We’ve already seen how effective stability control can be at reducing rollovers in passenger vehicles,” says NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “The ability for this type of technology to save lives is one reason it is required on cars and light duty trucks beginning with model year 2012.”

If this technology is required on passenger vehicles, it only makes sense to extend the requirement to trucks and buses, which have the potential to harm and kill more people in the event of an accident. Trucking companies should not be waiting for this requirement to go into effect to implement their trucks with them.

Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys

One Response to NHTSA Proposes ESC Mandate for Trucks and Buses

  1. I agree that implementing these systems is a good idea, and they should begin installing them now to avoid accidents instead of waiting for installation to become mandatory. If the ESC systems are already required in cars, then why would they not be required in larger vehicles like trucks and buses? Anything that helps improve braking on large vehicles is a plus: research shows that it takes trucks anywhere between 30 and 60 percent longer than cars to come to a complete stop on highways.

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