Backup Camera Mandate Part of National Debate
November 25, 2011 11:37 AM
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NHTSA pushes for the mandate to save lives while opponents such as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers reminds it of costs associated with implementing the rule
New regulations that require automakers to improve rear visibility in all new models by 2014 were proposed in December 2010, and now, the
backup camera rule
is part of the national debate about safety, federal regulations, and jobs.
The backup camera rule would require the installation of backup cameras in all new vehicles by 2014. It was proposed by President Barack Obama, and is a response to the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Act, which is a 2008 law named after a young boy who was accidentally ran over by his father's car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 292 people die from back-over accidents per year. By implementing the backup camera rule, half of those lives would be saved annually.
While the backup cameras could clearly be beneficial, the topic is up for debate because opponents say the requirement would be too costly and would result in job losses.
According to an August 30 letter the president sent to House Republican leaders, the backup camera mandate is in the top five list of the five most costly rules under consideration at this time.
The backup camera rule could cost as much as $2.7 billion, and would equate to about $18.5 million per life saved. Adding the cameras to vehicles would tack on an extra $58 to $203 per vehicle.
"Congress built flexibility into this law to balance safety and cost, and unfortunately NHTSA has ignored Congress by mandating an expensive, one-size-fits-all solution for rearview cameras," said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
So far, individual automakers have not said anything negative about the rule despite these costs. In fact, Ford plans to have backup cameras in all Ford and Lincoln models by the end of this year.
The backup camera plan calls for 10 percent of the United States' new fleet to meet standards by 2012, 40 percent to meet the standards by 2013, and
all new vehicles to comply by 2014
The Detroit News
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RE: Personal Responsibility
11/26/2011 10:36:51 PM
Exactly! Just like that dumbass who put his kid in the back of his pickup truck, took off down the highway, and lost his son when he was thrown from the truck in an accident. Then he goes on a national crusade to pass laws barring the practice. Hey asshole, YOU killed your kid, not the lack of a law. Use common sense next time and get a grief councilor, don't make it a national issue.
Mandatory backup cameras? This is getting to be just too much! Give me a break. If mirrors and turning your neck to, you know, actually LOOK where you're going aren't enough then you shouldn't be driving.
I could almost understand making it mandatory that every company offer this as OPTIONAL equipment, well not really, but that would be one thing. But forcing this to be standard equipment!? Come on, no way.
Don't we have bigger issues for Congress to deal with?
RE: Personal Responsibility
11/26/2011 10:45:40 PM
It was proposed by President
Oops did I say Congress? Never mind, it's this fucking guy. Figures. What's a few more billion in his quest to fuck over the country at large AND the auto-industry, right? I mean he's only got a year left to complete his list of things to do, it probably reads something like:
1. Fuck over banking
2. Fuck over mortgage companies
3. Fuck over private ran Health Care
4. Fuck over auto companies
5. Fuck over Capitalism (see 1-4)
6. Fuck America (all of the above)
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