Friday, April 20, 2012

Mandatory Automobile Black Boxes - SB1813, HR7 - #3824 - Here's What You Need to Know About the Government Possibly Mandating Vehicle 'Black Boxes - The Blaze (2) Government to Mandate 'Black Boxes' on Passenger Vehicles? - Hot Air

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The government has been inching along a mandate requiring a little black box in all vehicles forward for years. In fact, most cars already have them voluntarily. But recently, the Senate has passed a bill (S.1813) that would make it mandatory for all new cars by 2015 to come with a system that would record information from the vehicle in the moments before and after an accident. More technically known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act), the bill has several provisions affecting transportation, but it’s Section 31406 — “Vehicle Event Data Recorders” — that has those fearful of Big Brother overstepping its bounds. The section states that, if passed, the law would require new vehicles starting in 2015 to be equipped with black box-like devices that would “capture and store data related to motor vehicle safety covering a reasonable time period before, during, and after a motor vehicle crash or airbag deployment, including a rollover.” The bill states that all data on the black boxes would be property of the vehicle owner or lessee. If data from the device needed to be obtained for any reason, the owner would have to provide consent or a court order would have to be presented for it. It does state that in an emergency situation, data may be retrieved without explicit consent.......... As for the potential for mandating black boxes in vehicles by 2015, the next step is for the bill to pass in the House. According to the Washington Post last month, the House rejected the bill with a procedural vote but passed an extension to continue funding through September. More than just black box devices are on the line with the bill, leading some to be upset at yet another extension. According to Transportation for America, the bill includes funding provisions for transportation and infrastructure projects. Other measures in the bill some consider “Big Brother” include provisions to develop technology to “detect drug-impaired” drivers and development of specifications/testing for similar devices that measure alcohol concentration in the body while in the car.  Read more.......

Government to Mandate 'Black Boxes' on Passenger Vehicles - Hot Air - Bruce McQuain at QandO picks up on an effort in the Senate to make cars even more expensive than ever. The MAP-21 bill is already notorious for giving the IRS the power to confiscate passports on suspicion of tax evasion without getting a judge involved or a suspect a chance to defend himself, and its presence as part of the transportation bill makes it a little easier to pass unnoticed through the House. Another section of MAP-21 would impose a mandate, starting in 2015, to equip every passenger vehicle sold in the US with a “black box” event data recording system: SEC. 31406. VEHICLE EVENT DATA RECORDERS. (a) Mandatory Event Data Recorders- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part. (2) PENALTY- The violation of any provision under part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations– (A) shall be deemed to be a violation of section 30112 of title 49, United States Code; (B) shall be subject to civil penalties under section 30165(a) of that title; and (C) shall not subject a manufacturer (as defined in section 30102(a)(5) of that title) to the requirements under section 30120 of that title.  Read more.......

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