Truck Safety Advocates Ask Feds for Rules on Crash Sensors for Big Rigs
Four trucking safety organizations filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Friday, asking for rulemaking to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking (F-CAM) systems on all new large trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or more.
The petition was filed by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition and the Center for Auto Safety and Road Safe America.
“The safety technology is available to reduce the carnage on America’s roads resulting from rear-end crashes by large trucks,” said Henry Jasny, senior vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. “The NHTSA can take action to improve safety and reduce preventable losses by requiring F-CAM technology on all large commercial motor vehicles.”
Brake system technology uses radar and sensors to first alert the driver and then to apply the brakes when a crash is imminent. F-CAM systems employ a Forward Collision Warning (FCW) to alert a driver when his/her vehicle gets too close to another vehicle that is stopped or traveling more slowly in front of his/her vehicle, giving the driver a chance to brake.
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