NRMCA, mixer manufacturers caution feds on prospective truck underride guard rule

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; National Highway Transportation Safety Administration; CP staff

NRMCA and its Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB) affiliate question cost and weight factors attending a prospective National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requirement that heavy-duty trucks bear stronger rear underride guards than presently compliant models. Preliminary estimates indicate the newer guards would add $307–$453 and 169–210 lb. to vehicle cost and weight, and represent $925 to $1,505 in life cycle fuel consumption.

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Asphalt group: Underride guard rule unworkable in current dump trucks

Sources: National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), Lanham, Md.; CP staff

While the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association cites cost and weight concerns surrounding prospective changes NHTSA outlines in “Rear Impact Protection, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment, Single Unit Trucks,” NAPA sees new underride guard specifications fundamentally altering members’ truck and paving machine fleets.

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