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One provision in this bill would allow the IRS to take away the passports of US citizens

The U.S. Senate recently passed a new highway bill dubbed the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act", otherwise known as MAP21. The legislation made it through the Senate without much in the way of resistance and is expected to pass the House as well moving to the White House where Obama is likely to sign it into law.
Once the bill becomes law, all new 2015 model year vehicles will have to have complicated black boxes to record vehicle data. The black boxes are formally known as event data recorders and would be able to record information leading up to and shortly after an accident.
The CFR 49 provision of MAP21 would allow the data recorded to be retrieved by the owner of the vehicle or by courts in the event of legal proceeding. Presumably, that information can be gathered to determine if the vehicle or driver was at fault in an accident resulting in a fatality or severe injury and it would seem the data could be called into court in the event that someone attempts to fight a traffic ticket.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.
CFR 49 reads in full:
(2) PRIVACY- Data recorded or transmitted by such a data recorder may not be retrieved by a person other than the owner or lessee of the motor vehicle in which the recorder is installed unless–
(A) a court authorizes retrieval of the information in furtherance of a legal proceeding;
(B) the owner or lessee consents to the retrieval of the information for any purpose, including the purpose of diagnosing, servicing, or repairing the motor vehicle;

(C) the information is retrieved pursuant to an investigation or inspection authorized under section 1131(a) or 30166 of title 49, United States Code, and the personally identifiable information of the owner, lessee, or driver of the vehicle and the vehicle identification number is not disclosed in connection with the retrieved information; or

(D) the information is retrieved for the purpose of determining the need for, or facilitating, emergency medical response in response to a motor vehicle crash.
Information can also be obtained from vehicles in the event of an investigation or inspection conducted by the Secretary of Transportation. The big push for black boxes in vehicles started when Toyota vehicles were blamed for unintended acceleration. Toyota argued it was driver error and in cases where vehicle operators died in the resulting accident, there was no way to know what happened in the absence of a device to record what was going on with the vehicle.

MAP21 is also notable because there is a provision attached that would allow the IRS to strip Americans of their passports restricting foreign travel if they owe enough tax money. That unpaid tax liability threshold is said to be $50,000. 

Sources: Infowars, The Truth About Cars

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RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By amanojaku on 4/20/2012 12:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
An event data recorder is awesome in that it can show statistics for three seconds or so before an accident. Good enough to prove or disprove your claims in court. I totally support that.

But you're completely ignoring the other purpose of this device as defined in MAP21: the IRS can shut off your car. All of the benefits are outweighed by this simple fact. There is no interaction. Your car just won't work. No matter where you are. Frozen tundra. Scorching desert. Picking up the wife from Pilates. A simple glitch and you're f'd. And then, there are the darker implications...

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Iaiken on 4/20/2012 1:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
the IRS can shut off your car.

Did you even read the article you linked?

The ONLY thing that the law enables the IRS to do is to order seizure of your passport by border security in the event that you back-taxes in an amount of %50,000 in taxes or more. Further, this is nothing new. If you are being tried for a violent crime, the judge can issue a similar seizure request to the passport office as part of your bail terms. Even owing more than $2500 in back-child-support can result in you winding up on the same list.

Next time try reading and comprehending what you read first; then spout off at the mouth (or fingers in this case) till your hearts content.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Iaiken on 4/20/2012 2:22:24 PM , Rating: 1
in the event that you back-taxes in an amount of %50,000 in taxes or more.

Dur. This should have read:

"in the event that you of back-taxes in an amount of $50,000 or more."

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