FMCSA Begins Allowing Window Film Use on Big Rig Sidelites

April 12th, 2012 by Editor

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a clarification to the safety regulations relating to a truck’s window visibility that now allows the use of compliant window films on big rigs’ sidelites, according to information from the International Window Film Association (IWFA).

“The clarification represents information that impacts millions of truck drivers who drive many hours at a stretch in ‘big rigs’ weighing more than 26,000 pounds,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “The FMCSA has agreed with the International Window Film Association that the use of ‘clear’ window films with a minimum 70 percent visibility rating installed on the front side windows is permitted.”

“Sadly long-haul drivers, have faced skin cancer as ‘one of the hazards of the job’ and we hope to help change that with this clarification,” said Smith.

According to the IWFA, the change from the FMCSA came after numerous reports of higher than average rates of skin cancer on the left side of the face and arm, citing a 2011 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, which pointed to driver-side UVA exposure as a likely contributor to the disease.

“The health and safety of America’s truck drivers is of the utmost importance to American Trucking Associations,” adds American Truck Association president and CEO Bill Graves. “Whether it is doing more to battle obesity and sleep apnea, or helping our drivers avoid skin cancer, ATA has consistently advocated for sensible regulations to ensure our drivers get and stay healthy. We appreciate the efforts of the IWFA to help our industry take another step in that direction.”

Some window film manufacturers, like Solar Gard, are using this news to help promote window film through press releases.

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  1. Great article, is about time.

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