NHTSA pursues mandated stability control

By Jami Jones, managing editor

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has teed up a proposal that could mandate stability control systems on new heavy trucks.

The agency sent the notice of proposed rulemaking to the Office of Management and Budget on Dec. 13, 2011. The notice does not contain any additional detail.

This is not a new issue for the agency. 

In 2007, the agency mandated electronic stability controls for new passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses weighing 10,000 pounds or less. The full compliance deadline for all of those new vehicles to be equipped with the systems was Sept. 1, 2011.

The latest attempt to add yet another system to the list of new heavy-duty vehicle mandates gives OOIDA leadership pause for concern.

“These continued efforts to mandate more and more technology under the guise of safety and environmental protections are going to crush small-business truckers,” OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz said. LL