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Issued in July 2009 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, new tractor braking standards are set to take effect in August of this year. To meet and exceed the rule's more stringent stopping distance requirements, braking system suppliers have been working in close cooperation with vehicle manufacturers to develop and refine effective solutions for fleets. While vehicle builders are responsible for making sure their products are compliant with new regulations for shorter stopping distances, notes Joe Kay, chief engineer, brakes at ArvinMentor, many existing brake system products will be available to meet those needs. In the event that any brake system component needs replacing, and especially for replacement brake linings, the manufacturers advise using only OEM quality parts. Both major brake system manufacturers do point out that there will be very little, if any, change in brake service practices once the new regulations take effect.

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