Wednesday, 03 September 2008 15:44

NHTSA Delays Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Lamp Standard for More Analysis

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has delayed the effective date of an amendment that reorganizes and improves the structure and clarity of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108 for Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment. The agency received 15 petitions against the final rule, including requests for delays and concerns of new requirements being imposed by FMVSS No. 108, causing them to delay its implementation from Sept. 1, 2008, to Dec. 1, 2009.

NHTSA's proposal specifies standards for original and replacement lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment in order to reduce traffic accidents, and deaths and injuries from traffic accidents. These requirements provide adequate illumination of roadways and enhance visibility of motor vehicles on public roads to prevent reduced visibility in daylight, darkness and threatening weather conditions.

The amendments set to be effective Sept. 1, 2008, sought to reorganize standards and provide a more efficient and straightforward version of the regulatory requirements. It clarified requirements by eliminating third-party standards, but it did not substantially change them for manufacturers.

However, due to the petitions, NHTSA ruled that the final rule needed to be examined more closely and the petitions analyzed in depth.

To view this regulation, visit the Automotive Service Association's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry. ASA's headquarters is in Bedford, Texas.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA's legislative Web site at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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