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

Hartle, Jesse JHartle at nfb.org
Thu May 27 02:48:00 UTC 2010

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: <mailto:jhartle at nfb.org>jhartle at nfb.org
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