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CVSA will have an “underride” day later this month as it studies its role in push for greater use

Spurred in part by a letter written by two U.S. Senators earlier this year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will launch an initiative during the final week in August to pull together data on the use of rear underride guards.

The underride “week” will be August 27-31. However, unlike prior events such as Roadcheck, enforcement is not a priority, according to CVSA Director of Roadside Inspection Program Kerri Wirachowsky. “The purpose of this inspection day is to collect and provide accurate and up-to-date data to the Board of Directors to make clear decisions as to what actions should be taken by CVSA in respect to Rear Impact Guards above what is already done through the inspection procedures during a roadside inspection,” Wirachowsky said in an email in response to questions from FreightWaves. Wirachowsky said this was the first underride-focused initiative undertaken by CVSA.

Underrides are guards that stop a smaller vehicle, like a car, from “intruding” under a larger truck in a collision. 

Late last year, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced the Stop Underrides Act which would have tightened rules on rear underrides and moved to require them on the sides of trucks. In February, the two senators sent a letter to Captain Christopher Turner, the president of the CVSA, asking the three-country organization–Mexico, Canada and the U.S.–to add rear underride guards to its list of Out-of-Service Criteria.

The CVSA webpage describes OOS Criteria as “the pass-fail criteria for inspections. The purpose of the criteria is to identify critical violations. Those violations render the driver, vehicle and/or cargo out of service until the condition(s) or defect(s) can be corrected or fixed.”

The Rubio/Gillibrand legislation has been referred to a committee and no action has been taken. 

“The most recent federal standard requirements for tractors and semi-trailers to be equipped with rear underride guards have been in place since 1996,” the letter said. It asked that rear underride guards be added to the list of 15 criteria that can render a vehicle OOS.

In a prepared statement on the initiative, Turner said that during the initiative, “inspectors will be conducting business as usual and will not be doing anything differently during Rear Impact Guard Check, other than filling out a data collection form that they’ll submit to CVSA.”

The initiative will not go on all week. Rather, it will be a one-day event during whose specific date has not been disclosed.

But that doesn’t mean the inspection might not lead to a violation being cited. “The inspectors are being asked to do inspections as they would normally and just record the information for the rear impact guard for data purposes,” Wirachowsky said in her email to FreightWaves. “A driver or carrier can be cited (under existing rear guard legislation) depending on the type of violation.”

Wirachowsky said the initiative was being undertaken as a result of the Rubio/Gillibrand letter. “The purpose of this inspection day is to collect and provide accurate and up-to-date data to the Board of Directors to make clear decisions as to what actions should be taken by CVSA in respect to Rear Impact Guards above what is already done through the inspection procedures during a roadside inspection,” she said. “The focus on this was brought to light by the Gillibrand/Rubio letter which CVSA feels compelled to research to provide accurate feedback and guidance.”

“The Alliance uses data to support its decision-making process,” Turner said in the CVSA statement. “Using quality, verifiable data and analytics allows the Alliance to assess and analyze information that can be used to support our stance on various issues, topics and propositions.”

Unlike some other CVSA initiatives, like Roadcheck, the underride “week” will only focus on the U.S.

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John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.

6 Comments

  1. Make trucks travel the posted speed limits in all States,and rear end collisions would drop dramatically saving the lives of inattentive car drivers

  2. At what point do people realize that 4 wheelers need more training? They’re too busy doing everything BUT operating the vehicle!

  3. this can only be described as seeking attention legislation. you cant fix stupid by handcuffing the people not responsible. lets pass a law that says it is your fault you drove under a truck

  4. Always put it on the truck drivers don’t worry about a campaign to educate car drivers about how to drive around trucks why not do a study on all the stupid shit people in cars do on the highway around big trucks !

  5. Timothy White, please explain your logic as to how that helps inattentiveness.

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