Long Delayed Rear View Camera Rules Sent to the White House – Again

Con­gress approved leg­is­la­tion in 2007 requir­ing the gov­ern­ment to set rear vis­i­bil­i­ty rules by Feb­ru­ary 2011. The Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment has repeat­ed­ly exer­cised its pow­er to delay the rule.

The reg­u­la­tion is aimed at help­ing elim­i­nate blind zones behind vehi­cles that can hide the pres­ence of pedes­tri­ans, espe­cial­ly young chil­dren and the elder­ly. NHTSA said adding cam­eras to all vehi­cles would reduce fatal­i­ties in back-up crash­es from a range of 95 to 112 annu­al­ly out of the near­ly 300 annu­al back-over deaths.

“The fact is sim­ple — installing rear cam­eras in cars will pre­vent injury and death,” U.S. Sen. Jay Rock­e­feller, D-W.Va., chair­man of the Com­merce Com­mit­tee  said. “The admin­is­tra­tion needs to move for­ward with this com­mon­sense safe­ty mea­sure because children’s lives are in jeop­ardy.”

In 2010, NHTSA acknowl­edged that on a cost-ben­e­fit analy­sis, the pro­pos­al on rear vis­i­b­li­ty doesn’t save mon­ey — on a net basis it will add $700 mil­lion to $1.6 bil­lion in added costs by 2014.

Had it been com­plet­ed on time,10 per­cent of new vehi­cles would have had to com­ply by Sep­tem­ber 2012, 40 per­cent by Sep­tem­ber 2013 and 100 per­cent by Sep­tem­ber 2014.

Automak­ers get at least 18 months before new require­ments take effect, so rear cam­era rules aren’t like­ly to take effect before the 2017 mod­el year.



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