WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), will hold a hearing on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”
During the hearing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator Heidi King is slated to provide testimony and discuss NHTSA’s priorities in the coming year. #SubDCCP members will examine NHTSA’s work related to self-driving cars, preventing drugged driving, recalling defective vehicles from the road, and many other important safety issues. The hearing will also include an update on the ongoing Takata airbag recall.
Last year, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved the SELF DRIVE Act in a bipartisan 54-0 vote, sending the bill to the House floor where it passed unanimously. This first-of-its-kind legislation updates NHTSA’s federal safety standards to reflect self-driving cars, and clarifies federal and state roles with respect to this emerging technology.
“NHTSA’s critical role to ensure cars and consumers are safe — while keeping pace with innovation and emerging technologies — cannot be understated. It’s our job to make sure the administration has the resources it needs, and uses those resources wisely to achieve its mission on behalf of the millions of drivers on America’s roads every day,” said Chairman Latta. “I look forward to receiving an update from Deputy Administrator King on NHTSA’s progress to keep the driving public safe, as well as its latest work on self-driving cars and drugged driving initiatives.”
The Majority Memorandum, witness testimony, and an archived webcast are available online HERE.