New NHTSA Program for Highway Safety

A new program from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) aims to help regulated entities, including vehicle and trailer manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and dealers, comply with safety regulations as a means to promote safety on U.S. highways.

The Administration reports that 100,000 fatigue-related crashes occur each year, many of which involve professional drivers in heavy commercial vehicles.

Regulated entities may not sell new vehicles or equipment that do not comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These are federal regulations specifying design, construction, performance, and durability requirements for motor vehicles and regulated automobile safety-related components, systems, and design features.

The new compliance assistance program will help NHTSA achieve the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicles by providing informal compliance guidance, to current and prospective manufacturers.