November 20, 2013
The final rule, which amends FMVSS 208, applies to new over-the-road buses and to other types of new buses with a GVWR greater than 26,000 pounds, except transit buses and school buses.
August 20, 2012
Under specific circumstances motorcoaches utilizing the double-deck design may be susceptible to exceeding the tire weight limit when loaded with passengers and luggage at full capacity. These risks can be avoided by properly loading passengers and cargo, and increasing pressure in tires on the rear wheels.
July 13, 2012
Directed to the FMCSA, NHTSA, AASHTO and various motorcoach associations.
May 16, 2012
Agency research shows the technology could prevent up to 56% of rollover crashes each year—the deadliest among all crash types—and another 14% of loss-of-control crashes.
October 12, 2011
The FHWA; AASHTO; NHTSA and the GHSA, as well as all 50 states and the District of Columbia, received recommendations for median barrier installation, communication and prohibiting driver cell phone use.
September 2, 2011
The recommendations made to NHTSA also include requiring installation of stability systems on all newly manufactured vehicles within the weight range.
July 12, 2011
Two pilot projects measured the effect of increased law enforcement coupled with high-profile public education campaigns. In Syracuse, N.Y., because of high-visibility enforcement, both handheld cell phone use and texting behind the wheel declined by one-third. In Hartford, Conn., there was a 57 percent drop in handheld use and texting behind the wheel dropped by nearly three-quarters.
March 30, 2011
Acting ahead of NHTSA’s proposal requiring seat belts for each passenger in new coaches, the carrier is making shoulder and lap belts part of all its new bus purchases.
January 13, 2011
Vehicle manufacturers must develop a countermeasure for light passenger vehicles under 10,000 lbs. that prevents the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than 4 inches past the side window opening in the event of a crash. The new standard will begin phasing in during 2013.
December 3, 2010
The proposal, issued by the NHTSA, would expand the required field of view for all passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans, buses and low-speed vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 10,000 pounds, so that drivers can see directly behind the vehicle when the vehicle's transmission is in reverse.
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