Court Urges US Transportation Department to Approve Rear-View Camera Rule image

Several parents and three advocacy groups are urging a court to force the U.S. Transportation Department to approve the long-delayed regulation regarding rear-view cameras in new vehicles.

The U.S. Transportation Department has delayed the rear-view camera rule for 2 1/2 years. This would be one of the most expensive pending laws to be identified by President Barack Obama’s administration and its estimated costs would be somewhere around $2.7 billion.

“In light of the extent of the delay, the repeated self-granted extensions, and the hundreds of preventable deaths and thousands of preventable injuries that will occur while the public waits for the final rule, this court should let [the] agency know, in no uncertain terms, that enough is enough,” the groups said in the petition, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg.

The advocacy groups said they will petition the Manhattan US Court of Appeal today, September 25th, and would ask for action within 90 days. The NHTSA, which proposed the rule in 2010, said it will add the rear-view camera systems to the safety-features list it recommends on vehicles.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the rule has been delayed for the fourth time and the new deadline would be January 2nd, 2015. Automakers believe that the rule would be too costly and have their doubts regarding this type of technology.

“Automakers are providing cameras in cars today for greater vision and for new driver assists, and consumers should decide which of these technologies they want to buy,” Wade Newton, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in an e-mail.

Source: Bloomberg