NHTSA Not Close to Finalizing  Rear-Visibility Rule image

NHTSA chief David Strickland said that there is no deadline for finalizing delayed rear-visibility rules, which will require car makers to install back-up cameras in all new models.

“We want to make sure we get it right, ” Strickland said last week after a forum in New York, echoing comments he has made for months on the regulation.

The legislation was approved by Congress in 2007 and required the government to finalize rear-visibility rules by 2011, but the rule has been repeatedly delayed. The department was not able to meet the December 31st deadline and did not set a new one either. NHTSA said that the ‘lack of resources’ might be considered one of the reason for this delay, besides the need for further agency discussions and additional research.

“The delays here are pretty significant when you look at it in totality,” said Sean Kane, who heads Safety Research & Strategies, an auto safety firm that often works with plaintiffs’ attorneys. “The agency is fairly far behind.”

the NHTSA has delayed many other rules, such as that which requires improving visibility of agricultural equipment on public roads, or the one requiring all new buses to have lap/shoulder safety belts for all passengers.
Source: The Detroit News