Truck floor mats to make your living space look better, better, safer
Posted On July 8, 2021
On the back of a recent Supreme Court ruling, truck flooring companies will no longer be allowed to remove mats from a vehicle’s cargo area unless the mats are a standard sheet of plastic.
The move is part of a push by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to improve vehicle safety.
A recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling allowed the trucking industry to replace plywood mats with new metal sheeting that is less expensive and more resistant to cracking and corrosion.
The move follows a Supreme Court decision in June 2016 that overturned a truck-safety law in Texas that had required trucking companies to replace a standard plastic mat every four years.
The court’s decision overturned a Texas law that had prohibited truck companies from installing mats unless the mat was manufactured from metal or concrete.
The ruling did not apply to truck companies that installed mats in a vehicle after January 2017, but many industry observers believe the Supreme Court’s decision will have an impact on the use of mats in the future.
The ruling is likely to have a positive impact on trucking firms, as the mats could become more widely used, even if they remain standard sheet materials.
The mats are often used to protect cargo boxes, which can be cracked, and the mats also help prevent dust from accumulating in cargo areas, said Matt Pfeifer, the CEO of the Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group.
But the Supreme court ruling has been welcomed by trucking advocates who have lobbied Congress to change the law.
The change could also lead to a shift in the industry’s stance toward installing mats.
“We have a long history of using mats to protect our trucks,” Pfeifter said.
“This is the first time we are going to see mats replaced on all types of vehicles.
We’ve been using mats on cargo trucks for decades, and it’s not going to change.”
Pfeifer said the mats will be used primarily in the truck-transport industry.
The mats are available in a wide variety of materials, from white to brown, and they come in all sizes, from small to large, and in all colors, from clear to yellow.
In addition to the mats, there will be other protective items, such as protective caps that can be affixed to the sides of the trucks to protect the cargo area from the elements.
The mat will not replace the traditional foam mats that truckers have to purchase, which do not hold up well under the conditions of heavy rain and snow, said Paul Dorman, vice president of corporate communications for the American Transportation Alliance, a trade group.
But he said it could be used to prevent the mats from being damaged in heavy rain, and to provide a more effective barrier against dust, which may cause mats to crack or break.
Pfeiffer said the new mats could also be used on trucks to make them more durable.
He said the company’s trucks, which are not particularly heavy, would be able to withstand the mats.
But he added that the mats might not be used in the long term, as many trucking fleets are aging.
Pikeville, Indiana-based Eagle Rock Inc. said it will install the mats on more than 2,000 trucks and has plans to begin replacing mats at more than 300 locations, including in states with tougher rules on truck-to-lane collisions.
The company said that it plans to replace mats with the new material once the mats become available for commercial use.
The company said it has already replaced mats with other materials in several locations, and that it will continue to install the new ones in the coming weeks.