FMCSA Issues Final Ruling On Windshield Mounted Devices

FMCSA Issues Final Ruling On Windshield Mounted Devices

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Today the FMCSA issued a final ruling that will allow truck drivers to install certain devices on the interior of their windshields.

Ruling Will Permit Drivers To Mount Some Devices In Area That Is Swept By Windshield Wipers

The ruling will allow truck drivers to mount “vehicle safety technology” devices on the interior of the windshield within the area swept by the windshield wipers. Those devices include video event recorders, lane departure warning systems, collision mitigation or warning systems, transponders, and sensors that are part of a hands-free driver aid equipment package.

The ruling provides an exemption to the previous mandate against obstructions on the driver’s field of view on the basis that the  vehicle safety devices are “likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be achieved without the exception.”

The FMSCA also states that “all windshield-mounted devices and technologies with a limited two-year exemption in effect on the date of enactment shall be considered to meet the equivalent-or-greater safety standard required for the initial exemption.”

Drivers Are Not Required To Mount Devices To Windshield

The ruling stresses the fact that drivers are not required to mount vehicle safety technology devices on the interior of their windshields, but that they may choose to do so if they wish.

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