NHTSA outlines rulemaking agenda

| Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published a plan that highlights the agency’s priorities related to highway safety.

The plan is organized along several broad categories: light vehicle crash prevention and occupant protection; incompatibility between passenger cars and light trucks; heavy truck safety; and protection for children, the disabled and older people.

During 2003-2004, NHTSA will focus on side crash protection, occupant ejection prevention in rollover crashes, roof crush resistance, glare from headlamps, rear seat center position safety belts, improved crash test dummies, head restraints and fuel system integrity.

During 2005-2006, the agency will look at rules related to crashes between passenger cars and light trucks, electronic stability control, roadway departure collision avoidance systems and driver distraction.

“It is time to acknowledge that history is calling us to another important task. It is the battle to stop the deaths and injuries on our roads and highways,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. "The Bush administration is committed to improving safety on our highways – safety is our highest transportation priority. This priority plan and the initiatives we proposed in our surface transportation reauthorization legislation respond to that call.”

The plan can be found on NHTSA’s Web site at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/rulings.

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