FMCSA releases final brake testing rule

| Tuesday, August 13, 2002

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule establishing pass/fail criteria for use with performance-based brake testers (PBBTs), which measure commercial vehicle braking performance.

Motor carriers and federal, state and local enforcement officials can use the new technology to determine whether a truck or bus complies with brake performance safety standards.

The use of PBBTs, which measures brake forces at each wheel or by measuring overall vehicle brake performance in a controlled test, is expected to save time and could increase the number of commercial vehicles that can be inspected in a given time, said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

"We need to take advantage of new technology to help reduce the number of fatalities related to truck and bus crashes," Mineta said. "This new safety technology can help prevent crashes by ensuring that trucks and buses have sufficient braking capacity." The new rule will go into effect Feb. 3, 2003.

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