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Oct 21, 2015

Republicans defend carbon credits as incentive for auto safety

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans on Wednesday defended an industry-backed legislative proposal that would award automakers credits against federal pollution standards for adopting advanced collision-avoidance technology in cars and other light vehicles.

The measure drew fire at a committee hearing from Democrats and regulators, who criticized the approach as an unacceptable trade-off between auto safety and public health that added to other concerns about the draft bill.

Oct 20, 2015

U.S. regulators warn against Republican auto safety proposals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican proposals to improve U.S. auto safety came under fire on Tuesday from federal regulators, who warned that proposed changes to current rules would erode consumer safety and give automakers control over the public disclosure of safety recalls.

In written testimony submitted to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Trade Commission also took issue with draft legislation to let a new industry-dominated advisory council set best practices for protecting car owners from cyberattacks.

Oct 20, 2015

Takata air bag recall probe could expand: U.S. regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Monday they could expand their investigation into Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) air bag inflators beyond 11 automakers, as questions arose about whether vehicle design played a role in the devices posing a deadly risk to the public.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Mark Rosekind said his agency can add more auto manufacturers to the consent order that regulators announced with Takata in May. He said some car makers could also begin to move more quickly when they suspect a potential problem.

Oct 19, 2015

U.S. announces task force to develop drone registry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Monday that it would require drone owners to register their unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of a task force of private sector and government representatives to craft recommendations for establishing the first ever federal drone registry.

Oct 19, 2015

Takata recall involves more than 11 carmakers: NHTSA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Takata Corp’s unprecedented recall of potentially deadly air bag inflators affects more than the 11 auto manufacturers that have already been identified, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Monday.

Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told reporters that his agency will disclose new automakers at a one-hour public hearing on the Takata recall set for Thursday.

Oct 19, 2015

Takata recall involves more than 11 carmakers -U.S. regulator

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Takata Corp’s
unprecedented recall of potentially deadly air bag inflators
affects more than the 11 auto manufacturers that have already
been identified, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on
Monday.

Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, told reporters that his agency will disclose new
automakers at a one-hour public hearing on the Takata recall set
for Thursday.

Oct 17, 2015

U.S. to announce drone registry initiative: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration, faced with a surge in unauthorized drone flights, will announce a new initiative on Monday aimed at registering the owners of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The announcement is expected to be made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Anthony Foxx and Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, at a news conference attended by members of the drone industry.

Oct 16, 2015

U.S. Congress close to extension on train safety deadline -aides

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. House and Senate are
“very close” to reaching bipartisan agreement to extend the Dec.
31 federal deadline for passenger and freight railroads to
implement new safety technology for avoiding major accidents, an
aide said on Friday.

Details of the discussions were not available. But a House
Transportation Committee aide said participants were “fairly
optimistic” about reaching a deal soon to extend the deadline
for positive train control, or PTC, after two weeks of “good
conversations.”

Oct 16, 2015

House presents transportation bill but no new funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan six-year transportation bill on Friday that would allow spending for roads and bridges to keep pace with inflation but provide no new money for infrastructure modernization.

Congressional aides described the 543-page legislation as a $325 billion authorization bill but acknowledged that it contained no mechanism for paying for the first three years of spending and would require an additional act of Congress to release money for the last three years.

Oct 16, 2015

Congress close to extension on train safety deadline: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House and Senate are “very close” to reaching bipartisan agreement to extend the Dec. 31 federal deadline for passenger and freight railroads to implement new safety technology for avoiding major accidents, an aide said on Friday.

Details of the discussions were not available. But a House Transportation Committee aide said participants were “fairly optimistic” about reaching a deal soon to extend the deadline for positive train control, or PTC, after two weeks of “good conversations.”

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