Bendix Says It’s on Track to Meet Phase Two of Stopping-Distance Rule

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said it is on track to meet increasingly stringent federal safety rules with new technologies, and unveiled a new portal aimed at helping train and educate technicians.

Fred Andersky, Bendix’s director of government affairs and marketing, said at a press event here Wednesday on the eve of the Mid-America Trucking Show that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may make “more stringent” rules related to truck safety and environmental compliance by 2014 or 2015.

NHTSA enacted its long-awaited brake-stopping rule in August 2011 and has a Phase Two starting date looming in August. Bendix is “on track to meet Phase Two of the rule,” which affects smaller and oversized trucks, said Gary Ganaway, director of marketing and customer solutions.

Company executives also said that adding video monitoring to truck dashboards can help fleets avoid liability for accidents that are not their fault. For example, the company said reporters a video example of an automobile whose hood flew open on the road.

Intelligent transportation systems also “are going to require some evaluation,” Andersky said. “When you look at these [technologies] it really drives what [rules] will be required in the future.”

Bendix also unveiled a password-protected website,, which will be a helpful tool for training and educating new technicians, Andersky added.


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