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Proposed Bill Would Require Front and Side Impact Guards

December 12, 2017

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Photo: IIHS
Photo: IIHS

Several Members of Congress have proposed a bill to require impact guards on the sides and front of trucks to product passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath a a in a collision, according to an NBC News report.

The Stop Underrides Act of 2017 has been introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and is co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), with Sen. Rubio saying that the bipartisan legislation would save lives.

In addition to requiring side and front guards, the Stop Underrides Act would also update and improve rear-guard requirements.

Testing earlier this year by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that side impact guards on truck trailers demonstrated potentially lifesaving benefits in side impact collisions. The tests were accompanied by video showing the roof of a car being sheared off in a collision at 35 miles per hour, decapitating the test dummy.

Another car at the same speed is shown hitting a trailer with the underride guard and it bounces off of it with only damage to the front of the vehicle.

The Natonal Transportation Safety Board recommended underride guard for trailer protection in 2014.


  1. 1. Bill [ December 13, 2017 @ 07:56AM ]

    The government does not drive these trucks, they are going to just keep passing more laws to add more expense to these trucks and price the owner operator right out of business which they are already doing a good job at.

  2. 2. Russ [ December 13, 2017 @ 01:11PM ]

    Good luck on railway crossings.

  3. 3. ken snead [ December 13, 2017 @ 01:36PM ]

    More Weight, More Expense, Truck drivers can not Save all drivers on the road If an automobile drives under a trailer, Then do WE "Blame " the Trailer.

  4. 4. Ron [ December 26, 2017 @ 11:42AM ]

    I think the government should start cracking down on the driver's that are driving smaller vehicles under our trailers. I don't mind sharing the roads, but with that should be shared responsibility for driving on them...bike, scooter, mini van, or truck, or semi..."let's truly share the road."

  5. 5. Richard Davis [ December 28, 2017 @ 02:01PM ]

    Do these IDIOT politicians have anything better to do than just sit around thinking of this STUPID cramp. Maybe they should be drug tested. They think everyone else should be drug tested, why not them.


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