The backup-camera rule, which requires backup cameras in new vehicles in the US, has been postponed until 2015.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who will soon be replaced, announced the delay today, June 21st, in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller. He also said that the $2.7-million rule is necessary before issuing the mandate. The rules has been delayed three times until now and it also missed a December 31st deadline.
Automakers have complained about the costs of fitting vehicles with backup cameras and also by the fact that the rule should apply only to larger vehicles. President George W. Bush implemented the 2008 auto-safety law which required this rule, after a New York driver accidentally backed over his son, killing him.
“Automakers are providing cameras in cars today for greater vision and for new driver assists, and consumers should decide how best to spend their safety dollars on these technologies,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “This is a decision for consumers.”
Last year President Barack Obama delayed the rule due to its cost and since then it has been under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget.