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Truck Crash Expert:
Straight Truck Rear Impact Guard
Requirement Nears Publication!

Truck Safety Expert Witness / Semi Truck Accident Expert Witness Articles

By Scott Greene

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved a federal rule to require rear impact guards on single unit trucks. As a result, the rule will likely be published in the coming weeks.

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The regulation, which is being published by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will require devices to mitigate rear-end underride crashes involving single unit trucks.

In July of 2014, the NHTSA said it would issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for rear impact guards for single unit trucks. In addition, the NHTSA indicated that it would produce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the guards on trailers and semi-trailers.

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), based in Arlington Virginia, has been petitioning the NHTSA to require all trucks and trailers to be equipped with equipped with energy-absorbing rear impact or underride guards. These guards would be mounted such that they would be 16 inches above the ground.

While the rule has passed the OMB for single unit trucks, a separate rule to require the guards on trailers and semi-trailers has yet to be sent to the OMB.

The TSC says these guards would protect car occupants from death and injury in rear end crashes.


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