As we close out 2021 and shift our focus to 2022, here is a summary of the regulations and technology requirements that the federal government is planning. Many of the technologies are already in use by fleets across the U.S. Knowing what’s required for 2022 and what is planned is a good way to start the new year!
Automatic Emergency Braking
AEB, or Automatic Emergency Braking, will become standard on all passenger cars and light trucks in 2022. In addition, many commercial truck OEMs are working with this technology as the new infrastructure law will require AEB within 2 years. The goal is to put safety first and AEB is considered an accident prevention technology. The technology has existed for more than a decade in class 7 and 8 trucks. Since its introduction, AEB systems have matured significantly, and many carriers are already actively using or considering the technology.
Speed Limiters on large trucks are back on the radar by current administration. Many fleets already use limiters for safety as well as experiencing the benefits of fuel and maintenance cost savings.
Entry-Level Driver Training
The proposal to streamline driver training has been under review for more than 5 years. The new ELDT system (Entry Level Driver Training) go into effect on February 7, 2022. The goal of these new regulations is for standardization of training such that holders of commercial driver’s licenses can safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. The standardized curriculum will raise the bar on training and further promote safety on our roadways.
Autonomous vehicles are becoming less sci-fi and more mainstream. An autonomous vehicle is one that can sense its environment and move safely with little to no human assistance. Self-driving trucks are coming as several robotic trucking companies ramp up testing. However, many questions remain regarding liability and other violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working to amend safety regulations to recognize the differences between human-operated vehicles vs. autonomous vehicles to ensure the safe introduction of automated driving systems into commercial vehicles.
While many are predicting human-less freight transport by mid-decade, trucking companies still anticipate the need for drivers for decades to come. Early adopters may be confined to certain routes for hub-to-hub automation, but fully autonomous deliveries are still a distance away.
The North American Transportation Services Association is a network of agents that keep abreast of the industry news and regulations. These transportation professionals provide licensing, registration, insurance, compliance, and much more. Visit mynatsa.org for more information on member services and how to join.