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FMCSA Rule Requires Passengers to Wear Seat Belts in Large Trucks

June 6, 2016

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Passengers riding in large commercial trucks will be required to use seat belts when the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced.

The new rule will be effective Aug. 8, 2016. It revises FMCSA regulations to hold carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers in large commercial trucks are using seat belts.

“Seat belts save lives– period,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. “Whether you’re a driver or passenger, in a personal vehicle or large truck, the simple act of wearing a safety belt significantly reduces the risk of fatality in a crash.”

An FMCSA survey found that passengers in commercial vehicles used seat belts 73% of the time compared to drivers who used seat belts 84% of the time.

FMCSA already requires drivers to wear seat belts in property-carrying commercial trucks but until now, the rules were silent on the use of seat belts by passengers.

“Using a seat belt is one of the safest, easiest, and smartest choices drivers and passengers can make before starting out on any road trip,” said Scott Darling, FMCSA Acting Administrator. “This rule further protects large truck occupants and will undoubtedly save more lives.”

Comments

  1. 1. BarbRRB [ June 07, 2016 @ 06:31AM ]

    How can this be news. Anyone that has common sense knows passengers must buckle up. Our Federal tax money hard at work. What a waste.

  2. 2. mike [ June 10, 2016 @ 04:39AM ]

    Its the law,always has been the law and always will be.If you get in your car and your passengers don't buckle up you are asking to be fined. So whats the difference ,car or truck,both have belts,use them.

  3. 3. Cliff Downing [ June 10, 2016 @ 05:07AM ]

    Sorry, mike, it has not always been the law. Up until the 1960's, many vehicles didn't even come with seatbelts. And seat belt "laws" did not become national and even a primary stop reason till into this century. But what of passengers in sleeper berth? While it may be common sense to buckle up, I am not convinced that government is as safety motivated as some might believe. For instance, helmets are not required nationwide for all motorcycle riders. Cigarettes are still sold. And veterans still have lousy health care, that is unless they want a sex change operation, and now the administration has directed the VA to give priority to that.

  4. 4. Nicolas [ June 10, 2016 @ 09:19AM ]

    Meanwhile, in school buses...

  5. 5. D.P. Allen [ June 10, 2016 @ 09:21AM ]

    Making it a federal law is rather redundant since every state already has it on the books. The only problem I have is when the passenger is moving around in the sleeper. That is off duty time and in the passenger's "home". Sleepers are much larger now than they were and are actual houses behind the cab . How do you wear a seat belt while sitting at a desk? Preparing lunch? Is a net for the front of the bunk acceptable, or do you have to sleep belted in?

  6. 6. D.P. Allen [ June 10, 2016 @ 09:24AM ]

    Making it a federal law is rather redundant since every state already has it on the books. The only problem I have is when the passenger is moving around in the sleeper. That is off duty time and in the passenger's "home". Sleepers are much larger now than they were and are actual houses behind the cab . How do you wear a seat belt while sitting at a desk? Preparing lunch? Is a net for the front of the bunk acceptable, or do you have to sleep belted in? BTW: A passenger up front is "On Duty", so subject to the seat belt law anyway!

  7. 7. Hugo Miller [ June 10, 2016 @ 09:38AM ]

    The reason we have laws at all is to protect the law-abiding majority from the actions of the criminal majority. Not to protect adults from the consequences of their own actions. The seatbelt law (and the crash helmet law) are unique in that they exist to protect us from ourselves. This is, at least in spirit, unconstitutional. As are the TV ads urging us to 'buckle up - it's the law'. You don't see ads saying 'don't rape women - it's the law' or 'don't rob banks - it's the law'. This whole concept is nothing to do with safety - it is about getting people to do as they are told by the government.

  8. 8. Dan Dagel [ June 14, 2016 @ 09:46AM ]

    This may be an attempt to limit the number of people in the cab. How many times have you seen a driver, his wife and a couple of kids pile out of a truck
    there is generally just 3 legal spaces with restraint: driver, passenger seat an lower bunk each meant for 1 person

 

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