Announced on June 3, 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized the rule regarding the requirement of electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy duty trucks and buses.
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
49 CFR Part 571
Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0056
The implementation of ESC is projected to prevent 49 deaths, 649 injuries, 1759 crashes and provide more than $300 million dollars in net economic benefits annually. The transportation of goods and people will be more efficient as there will be less damaged goods and traffic delays due to these projected prevented crashes.
Following this announcement, the American Trucking Association (ATA) publicly announced their support of this finalized rule. ATA President and CEO Bill Graves stated, “Ensuring the safety of America’s highways has always been ATA’s highest calling, and we’ve long known the positive role technology can play in making our vehicles and our roads safer. Today’s announcement by NHTSA will reduce crashes on our highways and make our industry safer.” There is no doubt that many agree that safety on our nation’s highways is crucial.
Find a complete PDF copy of the finalized rule here.