USA | Automotive Regulatory

Possible FMVSS test procedures update

NHTSA is seeking public comments on whether any of the FMVSS testing procedures should be updated or replaced.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in USA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to seek public comment on whether any test procedures for any Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) may be a candidate for replacement, repeal, or modification, for reasons other than for considerations relevant only to automated driving systems (ADS).

The document is a continuation of the Agency’s efforts to improve the FMVSS and minimize burdens. The Agency took this action in response to its review of the FMVSS and to public comments solicited by the Department of Transport in a 2017 notice on its regulatory reform efforts. The commenters requested that NHTSA amend test procedures for air brakes and occupant crash protection. NHTSA has also identified some possible additional test procedure issues and discusses them in this Notice.

In addition, NHTSA also seeks comments and supporting information relating to any other test procedures which may be a candidate for replacement, repeal or modification, not just those specifically discussed in the Notice.

The deadline for comments is the 8 February 2021.  The full text of the request for comments can be accessed: here.

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