The trucking industry is very prominent in many industries. Whether it is retail, construction, mail or sanitation, commercial trucks are evidently very valuable in interstate and intrastate commerce. Because they maintain a very valuable role and are necessary to keep other industries operating, rarely a day goes by that motorists in New York and elsewhere don’t encounter a large truck. Unlike smaller vehicles, these massive vehicles do not operate the same way. They maneuver differently and require much more time to stop. Therefore, specific regulations and standards have been passed to ensure the safety of the industry and reduce truck accidents.
With regards to brake systems, specific standards have been passed for the trucking industry. Section 393.40 of the Code of Federal Regulations specifies these standards. To begin, it states that all commercial vehicles must be equipped with brakes that are adequate to stop and hold the vehicle. Additionally, these vehicles must also meet the applicable service, parking and emergency braking requirements detailed in this section.
Next, the brakes must have a control that the driver applies when operating the emergency brake system. This must be located in a place where the driver can operate it while in a normal seating position while restrained by a seat belt. It is possible for the emergency brake control to be combined with either the service brake or the parking brake; however, all three may not be combined together.
When a commercial truck’s brakes do not meet the standards indicated by federal trucking regulations, this could result in trucking violations. In addition, it could be the cause of a serious trucking accident. If investigation reveals that a trucking violation occurred, this could give rise to cause and liability in a truck crash. Those harmed could use this information when seeking legal recourses for the losses and damages suffered.
Source: Ecfr.gov, “§393.40 Required brake systems,” accessed March 11, 2018