House bill tackles safety impact of quiet cars

  • 06-Jan-2011 03:37 EST

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, legislation that will provide blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians greater security when traveling in close proximity to hybrid or electric vehicles. "The visually impaired rely on audio cues to detect nearby traffic, and these quiet vehicles pose a special risk to them and to other pedestrians," stated U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, one of the bill's sponsors. "This measure enjoys the support of all of the interested parties and it is budget-neutral. I look forward to the President quickly signing this bill." The legislation will require U.S. Department of Transportation to set requirements for an alert sound that allows blind and other pedestrians to reasonably detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle. It mandates that the requirements be finalized within three years.

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