House holds hearing on safety provisions in highway bills

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade recently held a hearing to discuss the motor vehicle safety provisions in the House and Senate highway bills.

Witnesses expressed concern for overlapping themes that included standards for the use of new technology in vehicles, safety of passengers and importance of accountability for vehicle-related mishaps.

Witnesses included David Strickland, administrator for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Strickland discussed the importance of NHTSA having more authority to ensure better safety on America’s highways.

Strickland says the Senate has included several helpful provisions that would strengthen the agency’s capabilities. These include:

• Increased authority to address safety hazards caused by some imported motor vehicle equipment;

• Protection for consumers affected by safety defect or non-compliance recalls from manufacturers who file for bankruptcy;

• Increases in the total amount of civil penalties NHTSA can seek for safety related violations.

To view the full testimony from this hearing, visit the Automotive Service Association’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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