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Comment period for stability control proposal

| July 16, 2012

The public has until Aug. 21 to comment on a proposal to require electronic stability control systems on new trucks – an estimated cost of $1,160 per system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will have a public hearing July 24 on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to mandate the ESC systems for new trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 26,000 pounds. It estimated the requirement could prevent 40 to 56 percent of untripped rollover crashes and 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes.

The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association has said driver training and better cab crashworthiness for vehicles would more effectively improve safety than mandating stability control for trucks. Conversely, the American Trucking Associations said today it was encouraged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposal.

ESC systems are designed to reduce untripped rollovers and mitigate severe understeer or oversteer conditions that lead to loss of control by using automatic computer-controlled braking and reducing engine torque output.

Comments must include the docket number of NHTSA-2012-0065 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Online at
  • By fax to 202-493-2251
  • By mail to Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Richard Wilson

    Why do we even need truck drivers we going to let computers drive them for us? Better trained drivers, not better trained IT people. Again additional costs of assets and no increased freight, or how about all the trucks 26001 and over that are service connected and not freight revinue generated, John Q public is going to eventually pay for this Tax wise or expense wise.

  • Marty Marsh

    That’s simple Rich,when you have the boys at ATA training drivers with driver trainers that don’t know anymore that the person they are training,something has to be done.You also can’t use experienced drivers to teach the new people how to drive because they are being chased out of the industry because they expect to get payed.

  • Justin Barriault

    Considering the lack of responses supporting the trucking industry at the EPA board hearing I went to, I really hope that the trucking industry speaks very loudly against this mandate. This system comes with issues and costs, and we cannot procrastinate to express our concerns. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.