NHTSA Will Require Stability Control on Buses and Heavy Trucks
New Rule Could Save Fifty Lives Annually, Prevent Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the agency has finalized the rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) on new heavy-duty vehicles and buses.
“ESC is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innovation that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “Requiring ESC on heavy trucks and large buses will bring that safety innovation to the largest vehicles on our highways, increasing safety for drivers and passengers of these vehicles and for all road users.”
The organization predicts stability control will prevent up to 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries, and 49 deaths each year. It also may prevent 56 percent of untripped rollover crashes in buses and heavy trucks. New light-duty vehicles, including passenger cars and trucks, have been required to have onboard ESC since 2012. At that time, NHTSA predicted that ESC would save between 5,300 and 9,600 lives.
The rule will take place for most heavy trucks two years from now, although buses weighing more than 33,000 pounds will have three years to comply, and buses weighing between 26,000 and 33,000 pounds will have four years. Evaluations will consist of a “J-turn” test that replicates a freeway offramp.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration