FMCSA Plans to Increase Windshield Area to Mount Safety Devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposal to amend its regulations to increase the allowable area vehicle safety technology devices may be mounted on the interior of commercial motor vehicle windshields.

If finalized, the proposal also would make permanent a number of temporary exemptions granted to motor carriers, truck makers and technology companies as far back as 2017. And it would add items to the definition of vehicle safety technology in response to a 2019 rulemaking petition from Daimler Trucks North America…

FMCSA said the expanded location — not more than 8.5 inches (216 mm) below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and not more than 7 inches (175 mm) above the lower edge of the area swept — is expected to keep pace with technological advances and further aid in meeting the statutory requirements.