CVSA to collect data on rear impact guards

Results of CVSA’s study may impact Out-of-Service Criteria

Posted August 1, 2018

Data on rear impact guards (underride guards) on trailers and semi-trailers will be collected by state enforcement the last week of August, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

State agencies responsible for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement may select one day in the week of August 27-31, 2018, to capture data on rear impact guards as a part of the Rear Impact Guard Check safety initiative. The event is a one-time, one-day event.

The initiative will be used to:

  • Analyze rear impact safety requirements on CMVs; and
  • Highlight the topic for motor carriers and drivers.

CVSA indicates that drivers will not be impacted by the event. Roadside inspection personnel will not be doing anything out of the ordinary during this week, other than completing a data collection form to provide the association.

A letter from U.S. Senators

A bill, “Stop Underrides Act of 2017,” was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to prevent deaths and injuries caused by rear impact crashes and improve CMV safety. Senators Gillibrand and Rubio sent a letter to CVSA in early 2018 asking the association to add rear impact guards to its North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.

The results from the August event will be shared with CVSA’s Vehicle Committee at the association’s annual conference in September. The findings will be used in the committee’s recommendations on the topic of rear impact guards to CVSA’s Board of Directors.


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