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Passengers In Large Trucks Required To Use Seatbelts

The FMCSA announced on June 6, 2016 that the rules will require that all passengers riding in cabs of large trucks use seatbelts on public roads. The rule will become effective August 8, 2016 and make commercial truck drivers responsible for making sure their passengers use seatbelts.

Seatbelts make the ride safer for both driver and passenger of a personal or commercial vehicle as they significantly lower the risk of fatality in an accident.

According to the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 passengers in cabs of large trucks were killed in 2014 in crashes while not wearing seatbelts. One third of this number were ejected from the cab of the truck.

Seatbelt Usage By Commercial Vehicle Drivers survey conducted by FMCSA and published in March 2014 demonstrated that passengers of commercial vehicles use seatbelts less (73%) than drivers (84%) even though all CMV drivers are required to use seatbelts.

The goal of the new rule is to protect large truck occupants by requiring usage of seatbelts which is the easiest way to ensure the safety of the trip.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. There needs to be a net between the front seats and bunk to protect the passengers from flying objects incase of a accident. Nothing like getting hit in the head by a flat screen TV and other heavy objects.

  2. Accident are becoming more rampant this days,people riding upfront must use their seat belt to prevent the unwanted

  3. Seatbelts should be used no matter what. They are life savers so it shouldn’t matter if the vehicle is commercial or not, the use of seatbelts should be compulsary.

  4. People need to wear seat belts and insist that any passengers in the car do so as well because wearing them saves lives in the event of an accident. Thanks a lot to Safeline Insurance for their regular orientation

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