New truck safety rules are closer than ever. But there are still speed bumps ahead.

Safety advocates have spent years pushing for new technologies to address a sharp rise in deaths from truck crashes — up 48% in a decade.

Now, after fatalities rose for the eighth straight year, federal transportation officials are moving ahead with new rules designed to make trucks less deadly…

…two federal regulatory agencies are looking at whether to require new trucks to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. The agencies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also are considering requiring devices that limit how fast trucks can go. Both regulations already are in place in many other countries…

But the 150,000-member Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has come out against the new rules, expressing concerns about how foolproof the technology is. And the group has found a receptive audience on Capitol Hill. House Republican legislation funding the U.S. Transportation Department through Sept. 30, 2024, would ban the agency from moving ahead with either proposed regulation.

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