It's here - the mandate for electronic stability control systems in new heavy trucks officially went into effect as law on July 1, 2017.
The mandate follows recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board.
But if you're in the business, you already know this. The board has been making the recommendations since 2011.
So one of the main questions becomes: When will you implement this in your purchases?
Here's a look at the cost and safety benefits
Officials estimated that the average unit cost of an ESC system on a new vehicle would be a little more than $1,100 and the incremental cost of installing an ESC system in place of a roll stability control (RSC) system would be $520 per vehicle.
The years of research show that the net benefits vastly outweigh the initial cost, considering property damage and travel delay savings, as well as cost per equivalent life saved.
Specifically, the NHTSA estimates that the requirement will prevent more than 1,700 crashes and save up to 49 lives per year.
Where are we today?
Fortunately, new trucks with ESC systems built-in are ready and on the market. All trucks and buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in total weight fall under the requirement.
You can find them at providers like TransPower, which provides sales and support for a host of truck applications.
TransPower offers new truck sales, and service for current vehicles on the road.
Talk with one of their expert members to get the facts first before making a decision.