Truck drivers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee will have the opportunity to participate in a government study on the effectiveness of crash warning systems on safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking permission from the White House Office of Management and Budget to proceed on the study. The primary goal of the study is to assess the warning systems and the effectiveness of the driver-vehicle interfaces.
The agency estimates it will need 100 drivers to complete eligibility questionnaires to arrive at a pool of 60 self-certified, eligible participants. The only requirements detailed in the request to OMB are that the participating drivers hold Class A CDLs and drive tractor-trailers.
During the course of the study, NHTSA plans to have participants fill out questionnaires on their experiences and, after the study is completed, do a final assessment of their experiences with the crash warning devices.
The agency will accept comments for 30 days. The notice on the submission to OMB will publish in the Federal Register on Monday, June 6. Comments will then be accepted at Regulations.Gov under Docket No. NHTSA 2015-0061.