Safety groups ask NHTSA to mandate anti-collision systems

Four safety groups are asking the NHTSA to begin mandating the use of anti-collision technology on trucks and buses weighing 10,000 lbs. or more to ensure the safety of all on the roadways.

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Four safety interest groups are asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to establish a rule-making initiative that would mandate anti-collision technology be integrated on all trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight at or above 10,000 lbs. 

According to the groups, only about 3% of the estimated 3 million Class 8 tractor-trailers on U.S. roadways today are equipped with forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems (F-CAM). As truck tonnage is anticipated to continue increasing over the coming years, the groups believe the need for F-CAM systems is essential to the safety of all drivers on the roadways. 

F-CAM systems are currently offered on new truck models by most truck OEMs, but since it is an optional feature not all buyers have the systems added to their trucks.