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Committee Releases Draft Proposal to Keep Families Safe on the Road

Oct 14, 2015
#SubCMT Schedules Hearing for October 21st

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), today released a number of staff drafted proposals as part of the committee’s ongoing work to keep families safe on America’s roads. The subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, October 21, 2015, entitled “Examining Ways to Improve Vehicle and Roadway Safety,” to discuss the proposals and other ideas for improving motor vehicle safety – including measures aimed at manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Drivers and their loved ones can never be too safe on the roads and our work to boost vehicle safety continues. Jobs and safety have been hallmarks for generations of American automakers – and imagination and ingenuity have sparked some of the most remarkable advancements in safety and performance, all the while putting millions of Americans to work,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and subcommittee Chairman Burgess. “However, there is an urgency for improvement with both automakers and NHTSA as the next generation of vehicles and innovation are set to emerge. It is an ever-changing landscape, and we look forward to working with our colleagues and stakeholders as this important process continues.”

The staff draft includes proposals to:

  • Incentivize the adoption of crash avoidance technologies and other connected vehicle technologies that improve roadway safety and fuel efficiency;
  • Improve recall awareness;
  • Increase privacy and security protections for motorists; and
  • Modernize NHTSA for the digital age.

To read the staff draft, click here.

Additional information about the subcommittee’s October 21 hearing, including the majority memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony, will be available here as they are posted.

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