Carriers & Drivers in US Responsible for Passengers Wearing Seat Belts
Passengers who ride in large commercial trucks in the US must be wearing seat belts when on public roads, according to the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Furthermore, carriers and drivers will now be held responsible for this, as of August 8, 2016.
The rule revises existing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, since an unsecured passenger or other occupant not only risks personal injury but may also create a hazard for the driver during emergency steering or braking maneuvers.
In 2014, 37 passengers traveling unrestrained in the cab of a large truck were killed in roadway crashes and of this number, approximately one-third were ejected from the truck cab. Furthermore, the FMCA's most recent survey on the subject found that commercial motor vehicle passengers use seat belts at a lower rate (73%) than CMV drivers (84%).
For more information and a link to the final ruling, please see Carriers & Drivers Must Ensure Passengers Wear Seatbelts by the BC Trucking Association (June 13, 2016).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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