Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, Inc. of Little Rock, Ark., announced his support today for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposed new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and other large buses for the first time ever.
"As a fleet owner who has experienced improvements in safety performance as a result of leveraging emerging technology we embrace NHTSA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking mandating the use of stability control," Williams said. "Without a doubt our investment in Roll Stability Control (RSC) has dramatically reduced rollover accidents within our fleet-just as we have seen dramatic reductions in rear end collisions which we attribute to both first and second generation collision avoidance systems."
NHTSA estimates that a standard requiring ESC on the nation's large trucks and large buses would prevent up to 2,329 crashes, eliminate an estimated 649 to 858 injuries and prevent between 49 and 60 fatalities a year.
Over the last three years, the cost of new equipment has risen over 35 percent. "Safety and environmental technologies have played a part in the dramatic increase in the cost of equipment but RSC and ESC systems really work," Williams said. Even though a little more expensive than RSC systems, with sensors that monitor vehicle movement and steering, ESC can help further mitigate rollover incidents by using automatic computer-controlled braking, and also aid the driver in addressing severe understeer or oversteer conditions that can lead to loss of control.
Based in Little Rock, Arkansas and operating over 1,200 units, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America.