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Oppose Longer Trucks

Proposals to Allow Longer Trucks on Our Nation’s Roadways Will Jeopardize Safety, Further Damage Our Infrastructure, and Disregard Public Opinion on Truck Size Thirty-three-foot double-trailer trucks are 10 feet longer than the existing double configurations they would replace and are …

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Oppose Heavier Trucks

Proposals to allow 91,000 pound and heavier, overweight trucks on our nation’s roadways will jeopardize safety and further damage our infrastructure Public opinion polls show the American public has consistently affirmed their overwhelming support for truck weight limitations, and firm …

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Increase Minimum Insurance Levels for Motor Carriers

Background In 1980, as Congress deregulated the trucking industry, there was great concern regarding the imminent increase in the number of trucking companies that was sure to follow the removal of the barriers to entry into the industry. Congress believed …

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Fatigue / Electronic Logging Devices

Fatigue: Truck driver fatigue has been recognized as a major safety concern and a contributing factor to fatal truck crashes for over 70 years. A study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that 65% of truck …

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Speed Limiters

Speeding: On average, more than 1,000 lives are lost annually to speeding Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). Speeding (i.e., exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions) was a contributing factor in 7.5 percent of all reported large truck …

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Require Side Underride Guards

Rear/ Side Underride and Front Override Guards The federal government should require all trucks and trailers to be equipped with energy-absorbing rear, side, and front underride guards to protect car occupants from underride crashes. These crashes can be catastrophic because …

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Strengthen Rear Underride Guards

Rear/ Side Underride and Front Override Guards The federal government should require all trucks and trailers to be equipped with energy-absorbing rear, side, and front underride guards to protect car occupants from underride crashes. These crashes can be catastrophic because …

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Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) seeks to reduce crashes by applying selective braking to prevent rollovers and mitigate loss of control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that ESC on large trucks would prevent 40 – 56 percent of rollovers and …

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Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology is a proven highway safety technology that could and will save countless lives and prevent injuries.  Unfortunately, after years of study and successful use by leading motor carriers, this technology has yet to be required …

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STATEMENT OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF IIHS SIDE UNDERRIDE CRASH TEST RESULTS

ARLINGTON, VA (May 10, 2017) – The Truck Safety Coalition’s Underride Initiative, consisting of families of truck underride crash victims and survivors, is extremely pleased with the results of a recent crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway …

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