Stability control no substitute for driver training, OOIDA says

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Thursday, August 16, 2012

OOIDA says a proposed mandate for electronic stability control systems is no substitute for comprehensive driver training. The Association plans to file comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on an agency proposal that would mandate stability control systems for trucks by 2016. Comments are due Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Regulators say adding stability control to trucks would help prevent 40-56 percent of “untripped rollovers” and 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes.

An untripped rollover is generally described as one caused by vehicle top-heaviness, roadway slope, curves and other factors. A loss-of-control rollover is generally caused by evasive maneuvers or over-corrections such as over- or under-steering.

NHTSA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in May and conducted a hearing July 24. The proposal states that stability control will add $1,160 to the cost of a new truck.

OOIDA points out that at $1,160 a pop, a mandate would take only five years to add up to $1 billion.

“In typical Washington fashion, we have another government agency bent on idiot-proofing the world with yet another new mandate that overstates the benefits and understates the costs that will be disproportionately borne by small business,” OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer told Land Line during NHTSA’s rollout of the proposal.

Public comments are being accepted through Aug. 21 at www.regulations.gov/; by fax to 202-493-2251; and by mail to Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001.

The docket number is NHTSA-2012-0065.

See related stories:
Truckers refuse to roll over for stability control mandate
Stability control rule: Another billion-dollar mandate?
Feds want stability systems for trucks by 2016

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