COLUMBUS—This week, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) introduced SCR 16, a concurrent resolution to urge Congress to enact legislation to require commercial trucks to install side guards and to establish technical specifications for these safety devices.

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, nearly half of cyclists and more than one quarter of pedestrians killed by a large truck in the US first impacted the side of a truck. During a recent five-year period, more than 550 pedestrians and cyclists in the country were killed after side impacts with trucks.

“This legislation is long overdue,” said Senator Yuko. “As it stands, the absence of adequate regulations on commercial trucks is a serious hazard to road users. This bill could help save lives.”

Currently, the only regulations in place in the country involve rear guards and aim at preventing fatalities and minimizing damage in collisions between trucks and cars. The United Kingdom has required trucks to install side guards since 1986 and the country has subsequently seen a 61% drop in cyclist fatalities and a 20% decrease in pedestrian fatalities caused by side impact collisions.

For more information about side guards, visit: https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/truck-side-guards-resource-page

 
 
 
  
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