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Automatic braking not to be required for trucks in 2016

Making the roads safer should be on the list of every politician, but truck-safety technology that could help reduce rear-end collisions is reportedly being held back due to bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. The technology, which includes automatic braking among other helpful automated features, is installed in some newer trucks and passenger vehicles. However, it's not being required in all tractor trailers, which means more accidents are happening than need to be.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has been accused of stalling and delaying steps toward the implementation of the new technology. With the technology, radar that can identify stopped traffic ahead, drivers could have a backup in case of being distracted or too slow to react. What's the holdup?

The House Rules Committee refused to consider an amendment to a transportation bill that would have required the technology to be installed on all commercial vehicles within three years. When asked about why the amendment didn't get reviewed, the committee reported that it had many proposals and couldn't give a comment.

If the new standard is set, it could save lives, but it will also take time to implement in full. Many old trucks won't be able to be retrofitted, which means new vehicles may have to be purchased. Newer vehicles would have the technology phased in over time through retrofitting. Many cars already have this technology, which is why some are asking why commercial vehicles, the same vehicles that are tons heavier than passenger vehicles and potentially deadly to others on the road, don't have to have the same technology built in for safety.

Source: Future Structure, "Truck Safety-Tech Bogged Down in D.C. Bureaucracy," Johnny Edwards, Nov. 25, 2015

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