Arlington, Virginia – U.S. trucking associations are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to research crashworthiness standards for heavy trucks.

The American Trucking Association and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association have joined to ask the federal government for standards that would benefit professional truck drivers. Specifically, they have highlighted the need for improving cab structure and occupant restraints such as seatbelts and airbags, strengthening windshields and doors to prevent occupant ejections, and installing more forgiving interior surfaces.

In a letter sent jointly, the groups said that, “NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but to date has generally not applied crashworthiness standards to commercial trucks. We believe there may be opportunities to enhance the survivability of professional truck drivers if appropriate, research-based, uniform standards are developed.”

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