Buckle Up – New Seat Belt Regulations Announced
On June 6, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulations governing the use of seat belts in large commercial trucks. As of August 8, 2016, all passengers riding in such trucks are required to use seat belts whenever the vehicle is operating on public roads while engaged in interstate commerce.
This revised rule may place liability upon the motor carrier and the driver if the passenger is not wearing his or her seat belt, so be sure that your riders are buckled up at all times! U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says, “Whether you’re a driver or passenger, in a personal vehicle or large truck, the simple act of wearing a safety belt significantly reduces the risk of fatality in a crash.”
That much seems obvious. However, if you’re looking for more ways to ensure the safety of your fleet, you can always turn to the commercial vehicle experts at TSVA. We offer a wide range of vehicle customization options, as well as DOT Cargo Tank Testing that will help keep your rigs in full compliance with FMCSA regulations.
We’ll install the seat belts in your cab, but it’s your job to keep them fastened. Visit the FMCSA website to learn more about the new seat belt rules, and remember to buckle up.