Trucking Groups Oppose New Underride Legislation
United States – according to truckinginfo.com, legislation that was reintroduced requiring underride guards on large 18-wheelers is being met with opposition by the America Trucking Association (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).
The reintroduced legislation would require underride guards on large commercial trucks, which has been opposed by the trucking industry, including the ATA and the OOIDA.
Known as “The Stop Underrides Act,” the proposed rule would mandate that there tractor trailers have underride guards installed on each side of the truck and in front of the truck as well. This rule applies to semi-trucks over ten thousand pounds in vehicle weight, grossly. The bill also seeks to update the currently standards for the placing of underride guards at the back of each tractor trailer. The bill is being cosponsored by several senators, both republications and democrats alike.
“Hundreds of individuals across the nation are lost to underride collisions every year, with Florida unfortunately ranking among the top states for reported fatalities. I am proud to join my Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Stop Underrides Act,” said one senator of the proposed legislation. “As a parent with kids of driving age, I look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion to advance efforts to keep our roads safer.”
In 2017, a similar bill was introduced, but after being referred to the committee, it had failed to become subject to a vote. Two trucking groups, both the OOIDA and the ATA, have made their opinions known in terms of opposing the proposed bill.
According to the ATA, the bill "ignores the potential technical issues it raises, as well as the diversity of our industry and other technologies for addressing these and other crashes."
Furthermore, they note that “[t]he trucking industry spends more than $9.5 billion on improving highway safety – including investments in a number of technologies proven to reduce crashes. ATA believes the government should focus on crash avoidance technologies and strategies rather than expensive and unproven collision mitigation equipment," the ATA said. "This legislation, while well-intended and a heartfelt response to family tragedy, seeks to address a certain type of truck-involved accident through a highly prescriptive mandate.”
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