If you disagree then go to https://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/nhtsa-proposes-new-rear-impact-guard-standards and post your comments on the NHTSA recommendations for a new rear guard standard. If they legalize guards already on the road and do nothing else then the only so-called positive effect is trucking victims lose the right to sue for killer guillotine guards! No changes in guards on the road means no improvement in safety just like in 1992. They only approved guards already on the road and we know now no increase in safety and victims lose their rights to sue!
Here was my comment that erred and did not post:
During the previous underride guard effort in 1992 the administration just legalized rear guards that were already on most trucks on the road as they were designed to the weak TTMA recommendations. This removed most trucking victims rights to sue for 24 years and did not save lives as it only legalized guillotine guards already in use. We now have the same tactic, do not design or recommend new safer technology just legalize guards already on the road. About 93 percent of the truck trailers currently sold in the U.S. will meet the new requirements, NHTSA said. NHTSA also claims 1 life saved! We recommended Australian and Brazilian guard designs that are effective up to 50 mph in crashes. NHTSA wants a 30 mph standard, making crashing into the rear of a truck or trailer more dangerous than crashing into a brick wall at 40 to 50 mph. This will also hurt victims in court as it gives government approval to guard designs that are killing Americans.
NHTSA will usually adopt their own recommendations in their Notice of Proposed Rulemakings. During 1992 thru 1996 with universal condemnation from experts, law enforcement, victims, and the general public NHTSA approved guards already on the road just as they had proposed, shooting down all negative testimony except from their car manufacturer and trucking industry friends. Car industry campaign donations over 24 years, anybody know?
Luis Otto Faber Schmutzler an underride guard research engineer from Brazil explains the sad history of U.S. underride guard rulemaking from 1992 thru the Final Rule in 1996.
Go and post your opinion!