Bendix updates white paper on new stopping distance requirements

ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix has updated a white paper that examines the impact new stopping distance regulations have had on the trucking industry and the aftermarket.

The new rules, which called for stopping distance improvements of 30%, went into effect Aug. 1 2011 and Aug. 1 2013, depending on vehicle type. Bendix originally published its white paper, entitled ‘The Federal Reduced Stopping Distance Mandate: Impact and Solutions,’ in 2012, but has updated it with more information.

It examines the evolution of the mandate, while outlining how the ruling fits within the broader context of industry braking trends, Bendix announced. Among the changes in the paper are a discussion on solutions for phase two of the final rule, as well as a new section that examines why replacing high-performance friction with like friction is essential to maintaining performance of RSD brakes.

“The mandate has brought about a fundamental reshaping of the way our industry approaches braking and braking system technologies, and our goal with the white paper is to help all stakeholders fully understand the changes affecting them,” said Gary Ganaway, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake director of marketing and global customer solutions. “We received good response to the original paper from OEMs, fleets, owner/operators, and drivers, who found it in-depth but easy to understand. We believe that professionals throughout the industry will find the updated paper – with its additional information – just as useful as they continue to strive for increased highway safety, lower total ownership costs, and improved vehicle performance.”

The white paper can be accessed at

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