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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Final Rule on Electronic Stability Control for Heavy Trucks Coming

A final rule that would require new heavy-duty trucks to be equipped with electronic stability control systems has cleared the White House Office of Management and Budget and could be officially published soon.

The final rule on electronic stability control, ESC, cleared the budget office on Thursday, May 21, inching the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closer to publication. The 2012 transportation bill known as MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, required NHTSA, which has jurisdiction over new vehicle standards, to issue a rule on electronic stability control.

Makers of stability control system, companies like Bendix and Meritor-Wabco, say their technology is not meant to replace skilled driving, but is meant to enhance it.

It’s difficult to imagine how technology is not going to replace highly skilled drivers when autonomous trucks are no longer just a dream.