The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) applauds Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s (D-CA) efforts to make our roadways safer. On March 3, 2021, they introduced the Stop Underrides Act, which seeks to improve underride protection on commercial motor vehicles by improving performance standards. Additionally, the bill would add underride guards to the list of parts and accessories required to be inspected under Appendix G of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and establishes a Committee on Underride Protection to oversee underride rulemakings and requirements.
“As members of the law enforcement community who proactively inspect commercial motor vehicles for safe mechanical fitness during roadside safety inspections, CVSA member jurisdictions know the importance of taking steps to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “If passed, the Stop Underrides Act will help mitigate the severity of underride crashes and make our roadways safer.”