All Commercial Truck Passengers Must Now Buckle Up

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: August 18th, 2016
Topics: Illness Injury Prevention Program | Materials Handling & Storage | Powered Industrial Trucks | PPE | Transportation Safety |

Effective Aug. 8, 2016, all passengers riding in large commercial trucks in the US will be required to wear seatbelts whenever these vehicles are involved in interstate commerce. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted a final rule calling for the change on June 7, 2016.

While commercial drivers have been required to buckle up for years, until now no rule covering passengers in large commercial trucks has been in place. An FMCSA survey found that 27 percent of passengers don’t buckle up.

In 2014 there were 37 fatalities involving unrestrained passengers riding in large trucks which were involved in crashes. Of that number, approximately one-third of the victims were ejected from truck cabs.

“Using a seatbelt is one of the safest, easiest and smartest choices drivers and passengers can make before starting out on any road trip,” says FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “This rule further protects large truck occupants and will undoubtedly save more lives.”

Motor carriers and drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in large commercial vehicles buckle up.

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