Brake Standard Delayed

Issue 8 and Volume 128.

Brake Standard Delayed Implementation of a standard requiring more effective air brake systems for fire apparatus has again been deferred by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA Standard 121, which is now in effect for most trucks, buses and trailers, will “not apply to a fire fighting vehicle manufactured before March 1, 1976,” according to the amendment issued May 12 by James B. Gregory, NHTSA administrator. The latest delay for fire apparatus was in response to a petition from American Fire Apparatus Company, which protested the previous date of next September 1. The original January 1, 1973 effective date for all trucks had originally been deferred to September 1, 1974, for fire apparatus. The NHTSA explained that its policy “has been to grant fire fighting vehicles a minimum of two years from the issuance of any standard to achieve compliance because of the unique leadtime problems associated with the…

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