On June 3 of this year, the U.S. Transportation Department announced that electronic stability control (ESC) systems will now be required on heavy trucks (truck tractors) and large busses weighing more than 26,000 pounds (FMVSS No. 136). But the initiative doesn’t stop there: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is attempting to expand the requirement to target medium-sized vehicles between 10,000 and 26,000 pounds as well. The rule is representative of widespread efforts to utilize technology for greater safety and efficiency on U.S. roadways.
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 136 was put forth and finalized by NHTSA, and compliance with the new ruling will be carried out over the next four years, providing enough time for manufacturers to make necessary alterations. For most heavy trucks, compliance will be required in August 2017, but buses larger than 33,000 pounds will be given three years for compliance, while those weighing between 26,000 and 33,000 pounds will be given four years. The ruling comes as no great surprise, but indicates a positive focus on safety in the trucking industry.