Bendix updates white paper

Jason Cannon

August 16, 2013

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC has released an update of its white paper titled “The Federal Reduced Stopping Distance Mandate: Impact and Solutions.”

BSFB’s paper, which examines the mandate’s impact on the trucking industry and approaches to meet it, is part of the company’s continued efforts to help educate the industry about the stopping distance regulation. The white paper was initially published in July 2012.

Phase one of the Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) mandate took effect in August 2011 for new three-axle tractors with Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWRs) up to 59,600 lbs. Phase two of the mandate, aimed at tractors with two axles, as well as severe service tractors with GVWRs above 59,600 lbs., took effect Aug. 1, 2013.

According to BSFB, the paper examines the evolution of the mandate, while outlining how the ruling fits within the broader context of industry braking trends. It also notes solutions that meet the requirements and explores the mandate’s impact on the trucking industry, including the aftermarket.

Among the changes in the updated paper are discussions on solutions for phase two of the final rule, as well as a new section examining why replacing high performance friction with like friction is essential to maintaining performance of RSD brakes, compliance with both phases of the RSD mandate, and safety, the company says.

Gary Ganaway, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake director of marketing and global customer solutions, and Aaron Schwass, BSFB vice president and general manager, researched and co-authored the study.

To read a copy of the BSFB white paper, visit

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