PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, American Trucking Associations Board of Directors urged the nation's truck and car manufactures to equip all their new vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems, and offered its support for a potential regulation.
"In our role as a safety leader, we believe ATA needs to be at the forefront of advocating for proven safety technologies," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "The experience of our member fleets tells us that automatic emergency braking systems hold tremendous promise and as such, we believe manufacturers should make this equipment standard and the federal government should seriously look at issuing regulatory standards."
"Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it had reached an agreement with 10 leading automakers to make these systems standard on new cars," said ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president of state government affairs for UPS. "We believe our friends in the truck manufacturing community and the rest of the automakers should join them in putting automatic emergency braking systems on all new vehicles sold in the United States."
"As Gov. Graves said, we hope Congress and the Department of Transportation will soon address a number of ATA's top safety priorities, so it is time for us to look to the future," said ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki. "We believe technology like automatic emergency braking will play a huge role in that future."
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
SOURCE American Trucking Associations