[Nfbc-info] Fw: Legislative Alert - Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Tiffany Manosh tmanosh at sbcglobal.net
Thu May 27 00:31:50 UTC 2010

Hello All,
Please see the message below from Jesse Hartle.
Tiffany Manosh

--- On Wed, 5/26/10, Hartle, Jesse <JHartle at nfb.org> wrote:

From: Hartle, Jesse <JHartle at nfb.org>
Subject: Legislative Alert - Motor Vehicle Safety Act
To: "Hartle, Jesse" <JHartle at nfb.org>
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 3:02 PM

Dear Fellow Federationists:
I am writing to report that all of our hard work on the issue of silent cars is paying off.  Language that will protect the blind and others from the danger posed by silent hybrid and electric vehicles has been favorably reported to the United States House of Representatives by the Committee on Energy and Commerce as part of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 (H.R. 5381).  This legislation, which is a comprehensive bill to address numerous vehicle safety issues raised by the recent Toyota recalls, now includes language agreed to by the National Federation of the Blind, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.  If passed by the House of Representatives and adopted by the Senate, this language will require the Department of Transportation to issue regulations requiring a minimum sound standard for hybrid and electric automobiles.  
This victory is a product of our hard work and the cooperation of the automobile industry, but we will need to remain vigilant to make sure this bill becomes law.  We will keep you apprised of developments and let you know if action needs to be taken to secure this victory.  
Thank you again for all you do.
Jesse M. Hartle
Government Programs Specialist
Telephone:  (410) 659-9314, extension 2233
E-mail: jhartle at nfb.org
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