NHTSA reopens comment period on rear impact proposed rule

Extended to November 5, 2015

Posted October 8, 2015

On October 6, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reopened the comment period for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that NHTSA issued in response to a petition for rulemaking from a transportation safety organization relating to rear impact (underride) guards. The original comment period closed September 21, 2015. The agency is reopening the comment period for 30 days.

On July 23, 2015, NHTSA published an ANPRM pertaining to a petition for rulemaking from the safety organization regarding possible amendments to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) relating to rear impact (underride) guards. The petitioners requested that NHTSA require underride guards on vehicles not currently required by the FMVSSs to have guards, notably, single unit trucks, and improve the standards' performance requirements for all guards. The ANPRM requested comment on NHTSA's estimated cost and benefits of requirements for underride guards on single unit trucks, and for retroreflective material on the rear and sides of the vehicles to improve the conspicuity of the vehicles to other motorists.

The comment closing date for the July 23, 2015 ANPRM is November 5, 2015.


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