Brazil Enacts Compulsory ABS

The Brazilian federal government has made anti-lock braking systems (ABS) compulsory on new trucks, buses and trailers in a phased approach starting in 2013 to further increase vehicle and road safety.

The Brazilian government’s new legislation will be applied nationally in two phases: starting in January 2013, 40 percent of commercial vehicles produced by each original equipment manufacturer must be equipped with ABS; as of January 2014, all new commercial vehicles must have ABS.

Presently, a small percentage of new commercial vehicles registered in Brazil are equipped with ABS. WABCO is the local market’s leading technology supplier.

“We welcome the Brazilian government’s new regulation to equip trucks, buses and trailers with anti-lock braking systems starting in 2013 as it will significantly improve vehicle and road safety,” said Jean-Christophe Figueroa, WABCO Vice President, Vehicle Dynamics and Control. “In our leadership position as an integrator of commercial vehicle safety and controls systems, we are passionate about the continued growth potential for WABCO ABS. ABS remains at the core of our portfolio of advanced safety technologies, including electronic braking and electronic stability control, among other innovations that also strongly contribute to driver effectiveness.”

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