Concrete Products

JUL 2015

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8 • July 2015 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REGULATIONS A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule requires electronic stability control (ESC) systems on trucks exceed- ing 26,000 lb. in gross weight, and is to be implemented in three phases beginning August 2017. Agency officials estimate it will pre- vent nearly 50 fatalities and more than 1,700 crashes and 600 inju- ries annually. They also credit ESC systems' potential to curtail more than half of untripped, rollover crashes—those caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road. "ESC is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innova- tion that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on announcing the rule. "Requiring ESC on heavy trucks will bring that innovation to the larg- est vehicles on our highways, increasing safety for drivers and pas- sengers of these vehicles and for all road users." Reducing crashes through ESC in trucks and buses will save lives, move goods and people more efficiently, and reduce the toll crashes take on our economy through traffic delays and property damage, add- ed NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, contending, "It's a win for the safety and convenience of the traveling public and for our economy." ESC devices work instantly and automatically to maintain direc- tional control in situations where the driver's own steering and brak- ing cannot be accomplished quickly enough to prevent a crash. Com- pliance with the NHTSA rule will be gauged with a "J-turn" test that replicates a curved highway off-ramp. The American Trucking Associations welcomes the announce- ment. "NHTSA reported to Congress that truck rollover and passenger ejection were the greatest threats to truck driver safety," notes ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki. "We can save lives by prevent- ing rollovers with electronic stability control technology. Many fleets have already begun voluntarily utilizing this technology and this new requirement will only speed that process." Feds set deadline for electronic stability control systems on Class 7-8 trucks Bendix CVS' Electronic Stability Program and Meritor WABCO Smart- Trac devices can read and react to steering input and activate quick- ly to reduce vehicle instability. Mixer trucks warrant the additional sensors and braking power full-stability systems afford when com- pared to roll-only alternatives, notes Bendix CVS, whose ESP tech- nology has equipped 375,000-plus vehicles.

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