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This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans

It's official: all new light vehicles will be required to have backup cameras by May 2018.
 
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it has issued a proposed regulation Monday that will require all vehicles with a gross weight rating up to 10,000 pounds to have the backup cameras. This spans cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. 
 
The backup cameras are a result of feedback from consumer groups and families who have or have been affected by a vehicle backing over a child or loved one. Some parents have accidentally backed out of their garage, for example, and did not see their child playing behind the car before doing so. They have called for enhanced auto technology that can allow drivers a clearer view behind the vehicles. 
 
The backup cameras being pushed by the NHTSA will give drivers the ability to see a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. 
 
"We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents—our children and seniors," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents."
 
NHTSA estimates that 58 to 69 deaths will be prevented annually once the entire road vehicle fleet has the rear-view systems -- which will likely be by about 2054.


The conversation about backup cameras has been ongoing since 2007 when Congress passed a law that ordered the Transportation Department to have a rule regarding backup cameras on light cars and trucks in place by 2011. The original goal was for all light vehicles to be equipped with them by the 2014 model year, but this has been delayed by many public comment periods and other delays.

The legislation would begin phasing backup cameras into 10 percent of vehicles after May 1, 2016 models, 40 percent a year later and 100 percent in May 2018.

In further efforts to prevent annual auto-related deaths, the NHTSA decided in February to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems in all new cars and trucks. The DOT and NHTSA have not yet set forth an exact date for when vehicles will be required to implement V2V technology.  

Source: NHTSA



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RE: Another stupid law
By Reflex on 3/31/2014 10:14:29 PM , Rating: 1
So buy an older car if you don't want it. The cost is negligible. And it WILL save lives. If it only saves one life it is worth it in this case given the low cost. Driving is not a right it is a privilege.

I'm glad seat belts are mandated. I'm glad air bags are mandated. And unless you are going to certify that your only passenger in your vehicle is going to be yourself, then its not all about you and it never was.

As I said, it will help me with not backing over things or backing into things. More importantly, it will help others not back into me or my vehicle. Win/Win situation all around.

I'm sorry you feel you have the right to put others in danger with your cheapskate ways. But fortunately for the rest of us, we have regulations to keep people like you in line.


RE: Another stupid law
By sorry dog on 4/1/2014 1:44:29 AM , Rating: 2
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So buy an older car if you don't want it. The cost is negligible. And it WILL save lives. If it only saves one life it is worth it in this case given the low cost. Driving is not a right it is a privilege.

That is Fud for the convenience of the state. As soon as you demand equal access for all then it pretty much becomes a right.


RE: Another stupid law
By FITCamaro on 4/1/2014 12:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
If a child is playing right under your bumper on the other side of the car, you will not see them in the camera or as you are getting in. Tragic ACCIDENTS where kids are run over is because people are in a hurry and not paying attention. Adding a camera won't stop those kinds of accidents from occurring. They could actually increase them because people will just stare at the camera rather than looking behind them or around to see what's coming.

Please show me the right to drive in the Constitution as well. A right is something that cannot be denied barring you being a criminal who has sacrificed his rights. Our nation defines its rights in legal documents. Driving is not among one of them. The federal Constitution does not claim that the rights it defines are the only ones that exist, but the expectation is that the states will define the rest because the people will help enshrine them. But I don't know of a state that does that for driving.

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I'm sorry you feel you have the right to put others in danger with your cheapskate ways. But fortunately for the rest of us, we have regulations to keep people like you in line.


Spoken like a true statist.

When learning to drive, yes, I backed into a pole. You know what that taught me? Look behind me when backing up. Not "not having the ability to see behind me with a camera should be against the law."


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