Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Includes New Safety Mandates for Auto Industry

The legislation will launch a significant wave of new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandates.

According to JD Supra, the new mandates will include six safety requirements.

The legislation will launch a significant wave of new NHTSA notice and comment rulemaking activities over the next several years that will define the details of how these requirements will impact vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. Some of these provisions include:

Crash Avoidance Technology. The bill requires all newly manufactured passenger cars to include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking (AEB), and lane-keeping assistance technology. The bill allows DOT to determine the appropriate effective date and any phase-in timelines for these requirements. (Sec. 24208).

Refreshing NCAP. The bill requires DOT to update the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) by establishing (1) performance test criteria for crash-avoidance technology, (2) criteria for rating vehicles on pedestrian, cyclist, and other vulnerable road user safety, and (3) a roadmap for future updates to the NCAP, including meetings and feedback from a diversity of stakeholders interested in vehicle safety. DOT is required to finalize these updates within one year of the law’s enactment. (Sec. 24213).

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