NHTSA Proposes for Mandatory ESC on Large Trucks

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

A new proposal by NHTSA could make being on the road, either behind the wheel or riding in a bus much safer with the introduction of mandatory stability control for all large vehicles.

It might come as a surprise, but the technology that you’ve probably come to expect in almost any new car that detects wheel slippage and helps keep driving predictable isn’t required on the biggest vehicles you pass during that morning commute.

If it becomes a requirement, large transport vehicles, motorcoaches and other large buses would be required to have ESC. A study by the U.S. Department of Transportation suggests that such a rule would reduce annual rollover crashes by as much as 56 percent, which carry the biggest fatality rate, and loss-of-control crashes by 14 percent.

“The Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have long recognized the potential impact of stability control technology in reducing deaths and serious injuries that result from rollover crashes,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Today’s proposal is a major step forward to improving the safety of large commercial trucks, motorcoaches, and other large buses.”

The push is already there for light-duty trucks — all new units from 2012 moving forward must have ESC, but that’s not enough to satisfy NHTSA administrator David Strickland.

“Now, we’re expanding our efforts to require stability enhancing technology on the many large trucks, motorcoaches, and other large buses on our roadways,” he said.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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