Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 3:18 pm
In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents, the Department of Transportation issued a rule in March, 2014 that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles. According to a recent AP article, the rule will require new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built on or after May 1, 2018 to meet new rear-visibility standards. As such, the rule includes busses and trucks. However, motorcycles and trailers are exempt from this rule. The regulation also provides specific standards as to what must be visible to drivers as they back up their vehicles.
According to recent statistics, backup accidents involving light vehicles cause an average of 210 deaths and approximately 15,000 injuries a year. Children under the age of 5 account for approximately 31 percent of the deaths occurring in back up accidents each year.