I was reminded of a proposal I sent in early in the 1990's.
I asked for the code to be changed to add 1/4" on each side of the "Kickplate" and CMP 3 said that was intended with the words I have bolded:
300.4(A)(1) Bored Holes.
...... Where this distance cannot be maintained, the cable or raceway shall be protected from penetration by screws or nails by a steel plate or bushing, at least 1.6 mm ( in.) thick, and of appropriate length and width installed to cover the area of the wiring.
This is already included according to the panel, but now we have all new members and a new Chairman who may agree with replacing those vague and undefined words really not permitted by the style manual anyway.