NHTSA

Equipment regulator NHTSA gets new boss following Senate confirmation

NHTSA — a regulatory agency under the Department of Transportation responsible for some trucking-related regulations — has a new head man, coming after nearly a year-long vacancy at the top of the agency.

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Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle': More voices on potential mandate

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

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NTSB pushing for blind spot systems, trailer guards, better data collection

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends regulations be put in place to require new trucks to be equipped with systems to boost blind spot awareness and side and rear underride guards and to require that better data be collected on trailers involved in crashes.

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Acquisition, maintenance cost worries stand out in post-2018 efficiency standards conversation

Readers sound off on President Obama's announcement of plans for post-2018 model truck fuel-efficiency/emissions standards.

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Why unintended acceleration isn’t a heavy-duty issue

Frenchman Frank Lecerf 's Renault auto recently led him on a 125-mph tour of the French coastline when its throttle/brake controls malfunctioned -- have you ever had an unintended-acceleration problem?

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Reasons for the rise in truck-occupant crash deaths

Readers weigh in on root causes after NHTSA's examination of crash statistics showed a sharp rise in truck occupant crash fatalities (20 percent) between 2010 and 2011.

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How American cars got air bags

The long and circuitous process toward the final codification of a regulation.

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Amendment seeks to curtail EPA oversight of fuel standards

A House committee may consider an amendment to prevent the EPA from regulating fuel and emission standards in trucks.

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Meritor Wabco ESC system meets new proposed requirements

Upon the heels of the proposed federal rule to require electronic stability control systems in new trucks Wednesday, Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems has said its SmarTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC) product meets the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed standard. The system was first introduced by Meritor Wabco in 2005 and combines Roll Stability Control and rotational control. ESC can reduce the risk of vehicle instability while on slippery surfaces or ...

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NHTSA proposes brake-throttle override mandate

The proposed measure would amend current standards by updating the throttle control disconnection test procedures.

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