TowMate granted 5 year extension on FMCSA exemption
2/14/2018 - towmate.com
TowMate has been granted another 5-year exemption extension on the Federal Motor Carriage Safety Association's regulations that dictate how tow lights operate. Under the current laws, all lamps must be wired and draw their power from the towing or hauling vehicle. The FMCSA grants exemptions after careful analyzation of safety data, and public comment. They have determined that TowMate's wireless products pose no discernable degradation to road safety and are allowed. All TowMate products will come with a complimentary print out citing exempt status from the regulations, for the drivers using said products. If ever asked for proof, this print out explains it all.
There are many drawbacks to using a wired light system. Namely the safety of drivers on the roadside, or at the scene of an accident in a busy location. Wireless tow lights solve almost every problem present in a wired system. They can be installed in seconds, allowing the driver to get back into their vehicle and move out quickly instead of having to string up wired lights. Wireless lights also solve issues with hazards that may break the wires, pull the lights from the vehicle, or otherwise compromise their connection to the cab. They eliminate the uncertainty of the health and security of the products through redundancies like monitoring systems that keep the driver more aware.This outdated regulation affects the towing and accessories industries heavily. It limits the range of products that can be offered, as well as the way in which those products can function. The law has not changed since 2005 when provisions for battery powered lights were included. Previously TowMate was granted a 2-year extension, in 2016. This year it is a 5-year extension, with the understanding that the law will be changed at the end of that timespan in 2023.