[NFBOK-Talk] FW: Legislative Alert - Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Sundling Selena J Selena.J.Sundling at irs.gov
Thu May 27 11:29:26 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: jhartle at nfb.org


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