U.S. House Votes to Require Min Sound Levels From Hybrids and EVs

The House has voted 379-30 today requiring minimum sound levels from electric and hybrid vehicles. The minimum sound levels will warn blind pedestrians of the presence of the “quiet” vehicles.

The bill requires that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration establish “performance requirements for an alert sound that allows blind and other pedestrians to reasonably detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle operating” at low speeds.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass said it “will allow us to continue to promote our energy independence and technological innovation while safeguarding those who use senses other than sight to navigate the roads.”

Last week the legislation passed unanimously in the Senate.

Full Story: Detroit News

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