Petition to FMCSA and NHTSA on Rear Impact Guard Label

On March 13, 2019, CVSA submitted petitions to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remove the labeling requirement on rear impact guards. Currently, rear impact guards are required to have a manufacturer label that certifies that the guard meets the required standards. Due to normal wear and repairs, rear impact guards that physically meet the safety requirements may be found in violation because they do not have a readable label. The current requirement outlines that the label must be provided by the manufacturer of the rear impact guard, but manufacturers will not issue replacement labels, resulting in an inability for motor carriers to comply with the safety regulation. CVSA’s petitions request that FMCSA and NHTSA remove the labeling requirement from both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, respectively.