WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Senate bill sponsored from members on both sides of the aisle is calling for mandatory impact guards on the side and front of trucks, as well as upgraded rear-guards in the United States.
NBC News is reporting the Stop Underrides Act, introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Rep. Steve Cohen, would prevent passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath heavy-duty commercial vehicles in a collision.
ARLINGTON, VA – New crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) have demonstrated that well-built sideguards could keep passenger vehicles from sliding under the side of a semi-trailer. It was the first time that such guards were tested.
OTTAWA, ON – Ottawa’s municipal politicians are changing their tune on requiring side guards for heavy duty trucks, following two recent fatal collisions between cyclists and dump trucks.
In January, in Ottawa city staff recommended against mandating side guards on municipal vehicles, citing that Transport Canada did not recommend them. But this week, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson wrote a letter to federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, calling on the government to make it mandatory for large trucks to have side guards.
Watson’s letter followed the recent death of cyclist Nusrat Jahan, 23, who was struck by a truck on Sept. 1 in Ottawa. Just days earlier, Justine Charland St-Amour, 24, was killed when she was struck by a dump truck while cycling in Montreal’s Rosemont area.
In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the city of Westmount is installing rear an side cameras and mirrors on all its snow-removal trucks.
The general public doesn’t understand the trucking industry, and it doesn’t look like they will anytime soon.