underride guards

Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Announces Canadian Rear Underride Guard Standard for US

rear underride guard An underride rear guard installed on a Stoughton trailer. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has finalized a rulemaking that updates two truck rear underride guard standards it said will improve protection for drivers and passengers in light vehicles in the event of a rear underride crash.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 6, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

ATA Seeks Guidance on Missing Underride Guard Labels

Stoughton trailer A Stoughton Trailers rear impact guard. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The trucking industry is asking federal regulators for clarity about potential enforcement issues surrounding a new rule for annual inspection of rear underride guards on trailers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 29, 2022
Government, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Annual Inspections of Rear Underride Guards

Underguard on a Hyundai trailer Motor carriers have been required to install rear guards on their trailers since 1952. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule amending safety regulations to specifically add rear underride impact guards as a required item on the list of annual inspections for motor carriers and roadside inspectors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 9, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes to Add Truck Rear Underride Guards to Safety Checklist

Underride rear guard on Stoughton trailer An underride rear guard installed on a Stoughton trailer. FMCSA said including rear impact guards in the periodic inspection requirements will call additional attention to the critical safety component. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule amending federal safety regulations to specifically add rear impact guards as a required item on the list of annual inspections for motor carriers and roadside inspectors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 5, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ATA Reaffirms Opposition to Side Underride Guard Legislation

ATA President Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies at the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing in June on the state of trucking. (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

Legislation that would require the installation of side underride guards on heavy trucks is not based on sufficient science, data or demonstrated overall effectiveness, American Trucking Associations wrote to congressional transportation leaders.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 18, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA, NHTSA Should Study Side Underride Guards, GAO Says

Rear underride guard Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via YouTube

A federal government watchdog study has recommended that federal regulators take steps to collect better data on underride guard crashes and share information with police departments in identifying underride crashes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

CVSA Responds to Senators by Deciding to Spend a Day Inspecting Trailer Underride Guards

A trailer underride guard Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via YouTube

In response to a request by two U.S. senators, roadside commercial motor vehicle inspectors later this month will spend a day collecting data on the condition and maintenance of rear trailer underride guards.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Steve Cohen Unveil Underride Guard Legislation

Underride guard crash demonstration Underride guard crash demonstration, with side guard on semitrailer in top photo and without guard in bottom photo. (IIHS via YouTube)

Legislation that would require underride guards on sides and front of trucks as a way to improve highway safety was introduced Dec. 12 in the House and Senate.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 12, 2017