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NHTSA Seeks Comments on Proposals to Increase Road Safety

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2005Mar-AustinTypeTour-153 - Roadhouse Relics Traffic SafetyTo reduce traffic accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling for every state to have a periodic motor vehicle inspection (PMVI) program that requires vehicle owners to correct defects in vehicles. The NHTSA has called for comments on these proposals in the Notice “Amendments to Highway Safety Program Guidelines” published in the June 20 Federal Register. Comments must be received on or before July 20, 2102.

As aftermarketNews.com reported on Monday,  according to the proposed guidelines, each state’s inspections would need to cover systems, subsystems, and components that have “substantial” relation to safe vehicle performance. Under the guidelines, states would need to maintain records of such inspections, as well as publish summaries of those records annually, if not more often, including tabulations by vehicle make and model.

AftermarketNews.com writes that the Automotive Service Association (ASA) says “it supports PMVI programs, programs, as they keep unsafe cars off the road and protect unsuspecting drivers and passengers at risk.” According to an ASA statement, the international group is “the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals.”

The Federal Register notice says that NHTSA is seeking comments for proposed amendments to three other guidelines in addition to “Guideline No. 1 Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection,” and “Guideline No. 18 Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation and Incident Reporting (formerly Accident Investigation and Reporting).” Those include: “Guideline No. 2 Motor Vehicle Registration,” “Guideline No. 6 Codes and Laws,” and “Guideline No. 16 Management of Highway Incidents (formerly Debris Hazard Control and Cleanup).”

The federal agency is also seeking comments on a new guideline, No. 13, on Older Driver Safety, to help states develop plans to address the needs of older drivers to reduce older driver crashes, fatalities, and injuries, and to address emerging challenges of an increasing population of older drivers in the United States.

The Federal Register Notice says:

Because of the unique issues related to older driver safety, this guideline also includes recommendations related to Medical Providers and Social Services Providers.

It is important that States begin to address the safety of older road users now because the population of people 65 and older will increase dramatically in the coming years. These population changes will result in a disproportionate increase in deaths and injuries among older people if no actions are taken.

This guideline is also designed to help policymakers with decisions about how best to address the real and growing problem of older driver safety.

You can see all of the guidelines on the NHTSA website, in the “Highway Safety Grant Management Manual,” and on the Traffic Safety page at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/whatsup/tea21/tea21programs/.

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