In 2003, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) voiced safety concerns for blind and all pedestrians resulting from the increase of “quiet vehicles.” While the NFB applauded the work of the automobile industry in creating a “less noisy environment,” it continued to caution safety concerns that are inevitable from the growing quiet car regime. While environmental groups were irked at the notion of an objection to the decades long efforts to address environmental hazards caused by the automotive industry, the efforts from NFB pushed forward. On January 6, 2011, President Obama signed the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. The Act directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to enact a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that would address the pressing concerns quiet cars posed to blind and other pedestrians.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review website on October 5, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
McCurdy, Megan, "On a Different Course – US Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles" (2021). CICLR Online. 24.