FMCSA Proposed Rule Would Close Safety Gap On All Large Commercial Trucks – Safety Belts Required For Passengers
December 9, 2015 – WASHINGTON – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it is seeking public comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) making safety belts required for all passengers riding in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
Federal rules have long required all commercial drivers to use safety belts (49 CFR 392.16); this proposed rule would hold both trucking companies and commercial truck drivers responsible for ensuring that any passenger riding in the truck cab are also buckled up.
Approximately 275 occupants of large trucks killed in crashes in 2013 were not wearing their safety belts, according to the most recently available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For a copy of today’s Federal Register announcement, see: Federal Register.